The Alleys

Director: Bassel Ghandour
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The Alleys’ world premiere witnessed a massive turnout at the iconic Piazza Grande of the Locarno Film Festival
Released in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt
Nominated for Best Original Score for a Narrative Feature Film at the Canadian Screen Music Awards
The first Jordanian feature film to be selected for Rotterdam & Locarno
Sold out tickets at the BFI London Film Festival
Had its Arab world premiere at the Red Sea International Film Festival
Nominated for four awards at the Critics Awards for Arab Films presented by Arab Cinema Center on the sidelines of the 75th Cannes Film Festival
Won the Works in Progress Post-Production Development Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and won two awards for films in post-production at Cairo Film Connection of the Cairo International Film Festival
Was supported by top-notch film funds in the Arab world, including Royal Film Commission - Jordan, The Jordan Film Fund, and Doha Film Institute
Bassel Ghandour’s Theeb was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at both the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs
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2021/ Jordan116 min/ Thriller
Original Title
Al Harra
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Set in a gossip-ridden, violent neighborhood in East Amman, THE ALLEYS follows the story of a young hustler who will stop at nothing to be with his secret lover, but her mother will not have it.
When an extortionist’s camera captures a video of the couple in the act, the mother solicits a gangster to put a stop to it all, however, things do not go as planned.
Emad Azmi
Baraka Rahmani
Munther Rayahnah
Nadira Omran
Maisa Abd Elhadi


Screenwriter: Bassel Ghandour
DOP: Justin Hamilton
Editor: Eyad Hamam

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Production Company(ies)
Bayt Al Shawareb For Media Production
The Imaginarium Films
Lagoonie Film Production

Yousef Abed Alnabi Rula Nasser (Shahinaz El Akkad)

film festivals
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Red Sea International Film Festival, Saudi Arabia
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
MedFilm Festival in Rome, Italy
Arab Film Festival Tübingen, Germany
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival, Finland
Festival du Film Franco-Arabe, France
Raindance Film Festival, UK
REC, Tarragona International Film Festival, Spain
Pingyao International Film Festival, China
Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia
Festival du Premier Film d’Annonay, France
Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden
Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, US
Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
Arab Film Festival in Cinema Akil, Dubai
Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
SAFAR Film Festival, UK
Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, Lebanon
Arab Film and Media Institute Festival, US
film awards
The Grand Prix du Jury at the Festival du Premier Film d’Annonay, France
Audience Award and special mention at Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden
This ambitious debut feature from Bassel Ghandour has confidence and style… It’s largely due to the strength of the cast that none of these characters fade into the background; each has autonomy and presence in their own story.”
Nikki Baughan — Screen Daily

“Bassel Ghandour's debut feature is spellbinding crime drama…The myriad twisting interrelationships draw comparisons with a Scorsese gangster film… Beautifully shot, and impressively acted… Whilst much of the action takes place within a small area of the city, the film feels epic in scope.”
Rob Aldam — Backseat Mafia

“The Alleys is a great thriller, telling a story that weaves complex and intelligent topics into compelling and thoroughly entertaining character arcs… Much like the avenues and alleyways in which it takes place, this feature is full of twists and turns… a very strong script, which is able to masterfully shift tone from intense and violent to playful and funny without losing any momentum.”
Umar Ali — The Upcoming Website

“An immensely fun crime caper with a charismatic cast of reprobates and rebels, The Alleys will stick in mind and heart long after the last debt has been paid.”
Carmen Paddock — One Room With a View

“Ghandour’s film breathes fresh life into these seductive characters through the simple change of the cultural setting.”
Paul Risker — Pop Matters

"It’s a complicated story and full of tension. In the meantime, it’s simple and entertaining, especially with scenes that enlighten the audience.”
Corriere Del Ticino

“Gritty and watchable Jordanian drama of criss-crossing lives.”
Leslie Felperin — The Guardian