Mosul, starring Waleed Elgadi is released November 26 on Netflix. It is the first Arabic language feature film to be produced by the Russo Brothers, (Marvel Avengers) and is written and directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z, 21 Bridges).
The film deals with the Iraq war, as it monitors an Iraqi SWAT team fighting to liberate the capital from ISIS forces. It premiered at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals last year, where it was praised by critics and sites such as ScreenDaily and The Hollywood Reporter.
IndieWire said about Mosul:
‘Mosul is essentially a nerve-shredding, nightmare-inducing, your-ears-will-never-stop-ringing action movie” and The Chicago Sun Times has called it “one of the best films of 2020”.
Waleed Elgadi was born in Khartoum and studied in the United Kingdom.
He began his career in short films, documentaries and TV, and his first feature was the movie ‘Brothers’ directed by Oscar-winning Susan Bier.
Commenting on the movie, Elgadi said:
I’m proud because the movie is a symbol for what could happen when Arabian TV and Western TV work together.
Moreover, I’m proud that the Arabic audience and the western audience alikereceived the film well. The movie is now trending on Netflix in Egypt, Jordan as well as the UK, and I couldn’t be any happier.
His breakout role was as Abu Abbasi in the television movie Dirty War, for BBC / HBO. He further rose to prominence in 2010 after playing the character of Khalid in the movie ‘Four Lions’ directed by Chris Morris. Bigger roles came in TV in ‘Tyrant’ for Fox, and ’Tutankhamun’ directed by Peter Webber. He also starred alongside international star Tom Hanks in ‘A Hologram for the King’.
Waleed is currently having an episode of continued artistic momentum after featuring in 2020 in the series ‘Young Wallander’, as well as the television film ‘Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar’.
His film ‘The Curse of Hobbes House’ is due for release in 2021. Waleed also recently completed filming on the movie 355, where he plays the character Yassin alongside a starry cast including Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o.