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Shouf Shouf Zombibi about to hit Amsterdam

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Described as a “zomedy”, the Dutch zombie comedy Shouf Shouf Zombibi is currently in the final stages of pre-production and will start shooting on July 30.

The film is directed by the duo Martijn Smits and Erwin van den Eshof, who both have a background in horror shorts, and van den Eshof also co-directed a direct-to-DVD feature alongside veteran actor-director Steven de Jong.

The title of Shouf Shouf Zombibi is, of course, a reference to the popular 2004 multicultural comedy hit Shouf Shouf Habibi from Albert Ter Heerdt, which also spawned the TV series Shouf Shouf.

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The feature’s screenplay was written by screenwriter Tijs van Marle, who not only worked on the Shouf Shouf series but also penned the mainstream comedy Spy of Orange.

The horror comedy is set in an almost empty Amsterdam, where all the inhabitants have been evacuated after a meteor has crashed into the city. Two rival gangs have remained behind, but are forced to join forces when some of their old enemies, who have turned into zombies, come after them.

The film’s cast comprises of Yahya Gaier (Schnitzel Paradise [+see also:
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), Mimoun Ouled Radi (Shouf Shouf Habibi, Gangsterboys), Sergio Hasselbaink (Sonny Boy), rapper-actor Yes-R (Gangsterboys) and Dutch soap actress Gigi Ravelli, who is making her big-screen debut.

Shouf Shouf Zombibi is produced by Talent United Film, which also produced Habibi. It will be released on February 16 in Dutch theatres, courtesy of A-Film.

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