Farwah Khataw05 May 2015 AT 06:39 PM

Check out the first Emirati films on iTunes

Apple tie-up is another major step for local cinema
Farwah Khataw05 May 2015 AT 06:39 PM
Check out the first Emirati films on iTunes
Sea Shadow

The UAE has been making massive strides in its film industry over the last decade. The local film festivals have made a name for themselves on an international level, Hollywood blockbusters have been heading the country to film and we’ve even had a homegrown big-budget film in the form of City of Life.

Adding another notch to the cinematic CV is the release of a number of locally produced films to iTunes for the first time. Here are some of the downloads you should be checking out:

Djinn
Directed by Tobe Hooper, also responsible for the scream fest that was Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Djinn is set in an isolated, uncharacteristically foggy part of Ras Al Khaimah. The story follows Khalid and Salama who move into an apartment built on an abandoned fishing village, Al Hamra – which they honestly thought was a good idea. They soon realise that there is a supernatural presence trying to hurt them. The uniquely cultured spin on a tried-and-tested movie formula should be an interesting mix to watch.
Highlight: Djinn-chic contact lenses
Trailer: Click here
iTunes link: Click here

Sea Shadow
Anyone who appreciates Emirati culture ought to find plenty to enjoy inthis coming-of-age film. Abu Dhabi Image Nation’s first Emirati feature film, Sea Shadow, follows the lives of Omar and Kaltham who are bound by fear, local traditions and societal norms. They find each other, and struggle with their love and identity to find their way to adulthood. Down-to-earth, yet tastefully dramatic, it’s sensitive, intelligent work.
Highlight: “Do you have a girl in mind?” *smirk*
Trailer: Click here
iTunes link: Click here

From A to B
From Ali Mostafa, the artisan behind City of Life, comes the Middle Eastern version of Are We There Yet? with a bit of The Hangover thrown in. Childhood buddies Omar, Ramy and Jay decide to honour their friend, Hady’s, memory by fulfilling his dream to take the scenic route from Abu Dhabi to Beirut (hence, the title). Be prepared plenty of ‘laugh out loud’ moments involving a dodgy mechanic, camels, and the risk of the main characters completely losing it.
Highlight: “You killed a national treasure!” *National treasure proceeds to come back to life with a vengeance*
Trailer: Click here
iTunes: 
Click here

 

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