Theeb, the Anglo-Jordanian feature directorial debut of mercurial talent Naji Abu Nowar, has racked up some strong secondary sales for Fortissimo at Berlin. The film, which is also Academy Award-nominated for best Foreign Language Film, won Abu Nowar and his producer Rupert Lloyd the BAFTA for best outstanding British debut. Jour 2 Fete has now acquired the film for France, JIFF Distribution in Australia, Rialto in New Zealand, Lemon Tree in China, Neo Films in Greece, Entremode in Korea and Edko in Hong Kong.
The film was previously acquired by New Wave in the UK, Film Movement in the U.S., Cinemien in Benelux and AS Fidalgo in Norway. The film, which won best director Orrizonti prize in Venice in 2014, tells the story of a young Bedouin boy who is propelled into adulthood following the tragic death of his father. He comes across a mysterious British officer in the Arabian desert, setting off a thrilling adventure against the backdrop of a region on the cusp of dramatic change. Its spectacular visuals belie the modest budget and herald, in Abu Nowar, the arrival of a major new talent. The Jordanian, UK, UAE and Qatar co-production was produced by Lloyd and Bassel Ghandour for Bayt Al Shawareb and Noor Pictures.