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Jordanian Film INSHALLAH A BOY premieres to warm applause at Cannes

Sat 20 May 2023 | 03:01 PM
By Pasant Elzaitony

Amjad Al-Rasheed’s drama feature film INSHALLAH A BOY kicked off its international tour with a booming world premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival , in the presence of its cast and crew.

In attendance were Al-Rasheed, actors Islam Al-Awadi and Mohammad Jizawi; producers Rula Nasser, Aseel Abu Ayyash, and Youssef Abdelnabi; make-up artist Farah Jaddan; costume designer Zeina Soufan; along with Nour Halawani, Hala, Lara Abu Filat, and Azza Hourani.

The first Jordanian film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival had a full house screening, with public dignitaries, A-list celebrities, critics, and media figures from foreign media outlets flocking to see it.

INSHALLAH A BOY also garnered immediate widespread acclaim, receiving a standing ovation before a lively post-premiere Q&A with the crew.

The film follows the recently widowed Nawal, who has to save her daughter and home following her husband’s death in a society where having a son is a game changer.

The film kicked off its journey as a project, joining several international workshops, including the 79th Venice International Film Festival's Final Cut, where it nabbed a La Biennale di Venezia Prize and a cash award. Moreover, it received two cash awards from the El Gouna Film Festival and Festival International de Films de Fribourg.

INSHALLAH A BOY also received production and post-production support from Jordan's Royal Film Commission in two cycles, a monetary prize from the Arab Radio and Television Network at the fifth Cairo Film Connection, and production support from the Doha Film Institute.

Directed by Al-Rasheed and co-written alongside Delphine Augte and Rula Nasser, the film stars Hawa, Haitham Omari, Salwa Nakkara, Yumna Marwan.