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by Naji Abu Nowar


Arabia, 1916. Theeb lives with his Bedouin tribe in a forgotten corner of the Ottoman Empire. Having recently lost his father, it falls to Theeb’s brother, Hussein, to raise him. Hussein tries to teach Theeb the Bedouin way of life, but the young boy is more interested in mischief than mentorship. Their lives are interrupted with the arrival of a British Army officer and his guide on a mysterious mission. Unable to refuse help to his guests for fear of dishonoring his late father’s reputation, Hussein agrees to escort the pair to their destination. Fearful of losing his brother, Theeb chases after Hussein and embarks on a treacherous journey across the Arabian Desert, a harsh terrain that has become the hunting ground of Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries and outcast Bedouin raiders. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal. He must live up to the name his father gave him.

international title: Theeb
original title: Theeb
country: Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, United Kingdom
sales agent: Fortissimo Films
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Naji Abu Nowar
film run: 100'
release date: BE 12/08/2015, BG 14/08/2015, ES 27/05/2016, FR 23/11/2016
screenplay: Naji Abu Nowar, Bassel Ghandour
cast: Jacir Eid, Hassan Mutlag, Hussein Salameh, Marji Audeh, Jack Fox
cinematography by: Wolfgang Thaler
film editing: Rupert Lloyd
producer: Bassel Ghandour, Rupert Lloyd
co-producer: Laith Al-Majali, Nasser Kalaji
production: Bayt Al Shawareb
distributor: Trigon Film, Verve Pictures, Abc Distribution, Film Buró, Jour2fête

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Venice Film Festival 2014 Orizzonti
Belgrade Film Festival 2015 Belgrade Victor Award, Best Script Award
Fribourg International Film Festival 2015 

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