Nasr penned the script along with Sonallah Ibrahim, based on the novel of the same name by Sonallah Ibrahim.
German-Italian filmmaker Samir Nasr’s feature film Sharaf will compete at the inaugural edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, which runs from December 6 to 15.
It will be part of the Red Sea Competition for feature films, competing for the Golden Yusr Award, as well as other awards for directing, screenwriting, and acting.
Sharaf’s pan-Arab cast includes seven Arab nationalities from Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Libya.
In this film, Nasr presents the microcosm of a prison which mirrors the complex situation of Arab societies living under dictatorship and poverty, through a class system that distinguishes between the wealthy “Royal prisoners” and the poor “Governmental prisoners”.
Commenting on the project, Nasr said: “Through my friendship with writer Sonallah Ibrahim, we took the time to develop the screenplay for Sharaf together for several years and we teamed his sense for details and his vast knowledge of the life inside the prison with my ideas of condensing this huge novel into an appealing and powerful filmic structure.”
Producer Silvana Santamaria added: “Samir Nasr has created a beautiful and important piece of Arab Cinema and we are proud to present with our film new Arab talents to the world, who have proven their skills alongside well-known professionals from the region – in front and behind the camera.”
Co-producer Adolf El Assal commented: “I am very happy and proud to be part of Sharaf’s journey and how Samir Nasr was able to direct such an incredible and sensitive film.”
The film is shot in Tunisia in co-production with the production company Zone Art Films, owned by Bilal Athimni, Sharaf stars Ahmed Al Munirawi, Fadi Abi Samra, Khaled Houissa, Ridha Boukadida, and Tawfik Bahri. It is based on Sonallah Ibrahim’s novel of the same title, the screenplay is written by Samir Nasr and Sonallah Ibrahim.
The film is produced by Soilfilms Media (Germany) and co-produced by ARTE, ZDF, Zone Art Films (Tunisia), Teamwerk.Die Filmproduktion (Germany), Les contes Modernes (France), Wady films (Luxembourg), and Neue Mediopolis (Germany), in addition to the MFG Film Fund Baden-Württemberg, Francophonie Film Fund and Sanad film fund.
Sharaf was presented during the Venice Film Festival in 2019 as part of the Gap Financing Market of the Venice Production Bridge.