Image Nation Abu Dhabi has wrapped production on its latest Emirati feature film, Worthy. Directed by Ali Mostafa, the action thriller is the Emirati filmmakers third feature. Last year Image Nation, in partnership with twofour54, released Mostafas road trip comedy From A to B. The film is set to launch in the UK later this month […]
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has wrapped production on its latest Emirati feature film, Worthy.
Directed by Ali Mostafa, the action thriller is the Emirati filmmakers third feature. Last year Image Nation, in partnership with twofour54, released Mostafas road trip comedy From A to B. The film is set to launch in the UK later this month at BFI London International Film Festival. His first feature film was 2009s City of Life, arguably the first Emirati blockbuster.
Ali Mostafa said: It feels incredible to have completed my third feature film in just two years. I couldnt have done it without the support from the team at Image Nation. They have been integral in continuing my career and its great to be working with them again.
Ben Ross, Head of Narrative Film & Television at Image Nation, said: Its fantastic to be working with Ali once again. He is a pioneer in the Emirati film world and, along with us at Image Nation, is helping to put the UAE film industry on the world map.
The film stars an ensemble cast of Arabic actors from across the region, including Samer Ismael (Omar) and Ruba Blal (When I saw You). Mostafa teamed up once again with Syrian actor Samer Al Masri (Bab Al Hara), Palestinian actor Ali Suliman (Zinzana, Paradise Now) and Emirati Habib Ghuloom (City of Life) who have all appeared in the directors past features.
Worthy, which was announced earlier this year at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, is being produced by Hollywood veterans Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) who worked on the project with Mostafas regional producer Rami Yasin (Sea Shadow, Zinzana). The script was written by up and coming writer Vikram Weet (Devils Past).
Schneider, who visited the set during filming, said: This is a very impressive production for the Middle East and something I dont think audiences will have seen come out of the UAE before. Its been great to work with Ali and the team and I look forward to seeing the finished product.
Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation, added: Worthy is another example of how Image Nation brings together the world class talents of international filmmakers with the best of local and regional expertise. We are pleased to have the blockbuster filmmakers Steven and Peter on the team alongside Ali and the rest of our cast and crew.
Weve made a number of impressive production announcements this year, across our television, film and documentary departments, which shows how quickly the media industry is evolving in the region.