EXCLUSIVE: Saudi feelgood comedy-drama Sattar, which has loved a record-breaking theatrical run at residence, will hit U.K. cinemas subsequent month in a launch spearheaded by MENA area distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment.
Sattar, which is ready on the earth of freestyle wrestling, shall be solely the second Saudi Arabian movie to be launched theatrically within the U.Ok. after Haifa al-Mansour’s ground-breaking 2012 worldwide breakout Wadjda.
The movie will launch on round 10 U.Ok. screens in London and different main U.Ok. cities, together with Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds, on February 10.
The audience is Saudi Arabian and Gulf residents dwelling within the U.Ok. however Entrance Row expects it to enchantment to a wider Arabic-speaking viewers in addition to native spectators with out MENA ties.
Sattar was launched in Saudi Arabia on December 29, after a premiere on the Crimson Sea Worldwide Movie Competition, after which expanded in the remainder of the Arabia Gulf on January 19.
The movie has topped the Saudi field workplace for near a month, drawing extra spectators than Avatar: The Manner Of Life within the territory.
So far, it has clocked up greater than 370,000 admissions, for a field workplace of $5M, towards 302,000 spectators and a $4.8M gross for Avatar throughout its six-week run. This consequence represents 37% of the full Saudi Arabian field workplace for 2023 to this point.
The texture-good comedy-drama is directed by Kuwaiti director Abdullah Al Arak and stars fashionable Saudi Arabian actor and slapstick comedian Ibrahim Al Hajjaj, whose different credit embody the motion collection Rashash and Netflix’s Six Home windows within the Desert.
Al Hajjaj performs a depressed man, with a string of failures in his skilled and private life, who decides to pursue his childhood dream of turning into a freestyle wrestler. After a rocky begin, he sees a staggering change in fortunes when a high Pakistani coach takes him below his wing.
Entrance Row CEO Gianluca Chakra described the movie’s run in Saudi Arabia as “unbelievable” and defined that the success was groundbreaking.
“Generally, Saudi titles have struggled to theatrically compete with Egyptian titles, that are thought of the Hollywood of the Center East, primarily because of the obsession of westernising these,” he stated.
“Nonetheless, the artistic group behind Sattar headed by Ibraheem Al Khairallah and Ayman Wattar made positive to remain genuine to Saudi tradition making it much more relatable to the native viewers whereas bearing on an underground phenomenon that not many knew about: underground wrestling. It’s no coincidence that PIF is rumored to have bid over $6B to accumulate WWE.”
The movie is produced by AlShimaisi Movies, Telfaz11 and Muvi Studios and distributed by Entrance Row Filmed Leisure, and Entrance Row Arabia (KSA).
Entrance Row stated additional worldwide releases shall be introduced sooner or later.