'Trinou' and 'Hamza: Chasing the Ghost Chasing Me' showcase MAD Solutions' commitment to diverse storytelling.
Two short films from MAD Solutions‘ distribution slate, Nejib Kthiri’s Trinou and Ward Kayyal’s Hamza: Chasing the Ghost Chasing Me, are set to compete at the Sultanbeyli International Short Film Competition in Istanbul, Turkey, which is scheduled to take place from November 23 to 26.
Nejib Kthiri’s British-Tunisian short Trinou narrates the story of Omar, a young boy who escapes his challenging reality by creating dream worlds from magazines given to him by his mother. When his stepfather suggests a change, both mother and son take a life-changing step. The cast includes Max Pemberton, Mohamed Grayaa, Kaouther Dhaouedi, and Eleanor Crowe.
Trinou premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival, received a Special Mention at the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival, and won awards at the Amman International Film Festival and Avanca International Film Festival.
The short film was written and directed by Nejib Kthiri, lensed by Jamie Touche, and edited by Christian Radclyffe. The film is a co-production between Seventh Age Pictures Limited, SVP Tunisia, and London Film & TV, with MAD Solutions handling the film’s worldwide sales and distribution.
Ward Kayyal’s Palestinian drama Hamza: Chasing the Ghost Chasing Me follows Hamza, a middle-aged man who refuses to abandon a routine he has kept since his release from Israeli jail; every day, he goes into the woods to hunt a lion that the locals don’t believe exists. Starring Kamel El-Basha, Ruba Blal, Motaz Malhes, and Khulood Basel, the film premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival and competed at various festivals, including Cairo Shorts, Malmö, Casablanca, Amman, and Toronto Arab Film Festivals.