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Director: Naji Abu Nowar
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Theeb has been nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016.
A huge production filmed at the same location as Lawrence of Arabia.
The film’s trailer reached over half a million views online. Theeb is the first Arab, non-Egyptian, film to top the box office since Caramel (Sokkar Banat) (2007).
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2014/ Jordan - Qatar100 min/ Adventure, Thriller
Set in the Arabian Desert of 1916, the film follows Theeb, a young Bedouin boy, and his brother Hussein as they leave the safety of their tribe to venture on a treacherous journey at the dawn of the Great Revolt. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal.
Jacir Eid
Hussein Salameh
Hassan Mutlag
Marji Audeh
Jack Fox
Screenwriter: Naji Abu Nowar
Bassel Ghandour
DOP: Wolfgang Thaler
Editor: Rupert Lloyd
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Production Company(ies)
Bayt Al Shawareb
Noor Pictures
Immortal Entertainment
Bassel Ghandour
Rupert Lloyd
Nasser Kalaji
Laith Majali
Nadine Toukan
film festivals
film festivals Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada
film festivals Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Sudan
film festivals Mumbai Film Festival, India
film festivals Jordanian Film Days in Algeria
film festivals Arab Film Festival in Brazil
film festivals Oran International Arab Film Festival, Algeria
film festivals Tokyo FILMeX International Film Festival, Japan
film festivals Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), USA
film festivals Beirut Cinema Days, Lebanon
film awards
film awards Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival
Three awards at the Trans-Saharan International Film Festival in Zegura, Morocco
A Special Mention at BFI London Film Festival
New Horizons Best Film from the Arab World and the FIPRESCI Award for Best Narrative Film at Abu Dhabi Film Festival
A Certificate of Appreciation within Prospects of Arab Cinema section at Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)
Student Jury Special Mention for actor Jacir Eid at the Carthage International Film Festival (JCC)
Best Directorial Debut Award at the Directors' Debuts Competition within the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (CAMERIMAGE) in Poland
The Main Award (The Belgrade Victor) and the Award for Best Script at the Belgrade International Film Festival
Best Screenplay Award at the Miami International film Festival
Audience Award at the Las Palmas International Film Festival
Best Debut Film at the Beijing International Film Festival
Best Feature Film Award at Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF), Sweden
"Not only played at scores of fests, but is also a success in the Arab-speaking world, where homegrown pics outside of popular Egyptian blockbusters tend to limp." Variety - Jay Weissberg

“In Jacir Eid’s extraordinary performance, Theeb exhibits the composure, bravery and cunning of a little savage driven by animal instinct.” The New York Times - Stephen Holden

“The theme Theeb deals with is nothing less grand than survival; survival on an individual level for the protagonist but also the survival of a culture and a way of life. Nowar impressively treats both themes at the same time without overtly drawing parallels and further amplifies what are small-scale relationships and actions by letting the story play out against one of the world’s most majestic backdrops.” The Hollywood Reporter - Boyd van Hoeij