Due to the increasing tensions between Israel and Palestine, the dark comedy set against the backdrop of mass panic caused by a mutant virus known as ARS breaking out in Israel has been postponed.
In response to the recent surge in tensions and the declaration of war between Israel and Palestine, the Front Row Filmed Entertainment team has taken the decision to postpone the digital and on-demand release of Basil Khalil’s, A Gaza Weekend, originally scheduled for October 10.
MENA-based distributor and producer Front Row Filmed Entertainment secured the regional rights for the debut feature film by British-Palestinian filmmaker Basil Khalil, through London-based sales and production company Protagonist Pictures.
In a LinkedIn post, Front Row wrote: “Our primary concern is the respect, safety and well-being of our audience, cast, and crew during this challenging time.
“We understand that many of you have been eagerly looking forward to experiencing this remarkable film, and we share your disappointment in having to delay its release. However, we believe it is crucial to respect the current circumstances.
We genuinely appreciate your understanding and support during these uncertain times. We remain committed to bringing you the exceptional picturesque experience of A Gaza Weekend. We will keep you informed about any updates or changes regarding the VOD release schedule through our official channels.”
They continued: “Thank you for your patience, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Your enthusiasm for Basil Khalil’s work is deeply valued, and we look forward to sharing A Gaza Weekend with you in the near future.”
A Gaza Weekend, produced by British-Emirati producer Amina Dasmal and executive produced by Robin C. Fox, unfolds in a world where Israel is sealed off due to a deadly virus outbreak, making Gaza the safest place in the region. The film follows a British journalist (Stephen Mangan) and his Israeli girlfriend (Mouna Hawa), who become stranded on the wrong side of the border, relying on two Palestinian street merchants who offer them a way out in exchange for cash. The cast also includes Palestinian actors Adam Bakri and Maria Zreik.