Multiple Award Winner at International Film Festival
The Guest: Aleppo - Istanbul Releases at Cinescape Cinemas in Kuwait on March 14
Following a successful tour in international film festivals, and an acclaimed commercial release at Jordanian cinemas, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul by Turkish director AndaĆ§ Haznedaroğlu and headlined by Jordanian star Saba Mubarak will release in Cinescape Cinemas in Kuwait on March 14.
Most recently, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul screened at the Dhaka International Film Festival, and the Casablanca Arab Film Festival in Morocco, where child star Rawan Skeif received a Special Mention for her role in the film, and was released in Jordanian theaters, and closed the 8th Arab Film Festival-Amman. The film also got selected at several international film festivals, including the Arab Film Festival in Korea, and won the Audience Award at the International Antalya Film Festival, where it landed its Turkish premiere.
Previously, the film received the Best Feature and Best Actress awards at the Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) in Ireland, and the Best Feature Film and Best Editing awards in the National Feature Films Competition of the International Bosphorus Film Festival. The film also took part in the European Film Market (EFM), held as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, Arab Women Film Festival in Sweden, LET'S CEE Film Festival in Vienna, and the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival in Tunisia.
The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul follows the journey of Lena and Meryem during their escape from the war in Syria. Lena is a ten-year-old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with the other refugees. Lena wants to return home, while Meryem's hope is reach Europe.
Written and directed by Turkish director AndaĆ§ Haznederoğlu, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul stars Saba Mubarak and child Rawan Skeif, alongside a number of real Syrian refugees who are acting for the first time. The film is a co-production between the Turkish companies; AndaĆ§ Film Productions, Istanbul Digital (ID) and Istanbul Film Production (IFP); and the Jordanian company Pan East Media. The film project received financial support from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution in the Arab world.