Renowned Egyptian Filmmakers Khairy Beshara & Sandra Bassal on Netflix New Arabic Anthology Series: Love, Life and Everything In Between

“LOVE LIFE & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN” Eight Short Films and Nine Acclaimed Directors from Six Arab Countries

Renowned Egyptian Filmmakers Khairy Beshara & Sandra Bassal on Netflix New Arabic Anthology Series: Love, Life and Everything In Between

Netflix explores Love, Life and Everything In Between in a new anthology series, launching on March 10th. The series delves into the complex yet beautiful layers of romantic relationships in eight short films directed by award-winning and Oscar-nominated directors from six Arab countries.

The films are the work of renowned directors: Khairy Beshara (Egypt); Sandra Bassal (Egypt); co-directors: Hany Abu Assad and Amira Diab (Palestine); Michel Kammoun (Lebanon); Mahmoud Sabbagh (Saudi Arabia); Abdulmohsen AlDhabaan (Saudi Arabia); Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia) and Hicham Lasri (Morocco) – Produced by Union of Video & Filmmakers and the Project Producer Antoine Khalife.

Each director tells a story of love through their own lens, infusing a dark comedic twist that is influenced by their own country and culture. The events of each story take place on Valentine’s Day, a time that challenges lead characters to express love, understand it and live it within unique situations that come with unexpected twists and turns. Audiences are captivated by relatable emotions, familiar settings and the unmatched talents of actors and directors alike.

From Egypt, Director Khairy Beshara felt that he is paying homage to Francois Truffaut’s (1966) Fahrenheit 451 while reviving it from a new perspective. He pointed out that he enjoys making films that transcend time and space, and which are not bound by concrete reality when commenting about “National Day of Mourning in Mexico.” He added that

“The characters roam in the dystopian space of a frightening and inhumane society, where valentine’s day is forbidden and those who celebrate it are punished to the extent that the color red is taboo and books, songs, or films that express love are banned.”

In her story, O’Brother, talented Egyptian Director Sandra Bassal, uses a character with Down Syndrome to bring a loving couple back together. Not only does she highlight inclusion, diversity, and acceptance in a story about love, but she also fascinates audiences with an exciting plot where a village leader calls off his daughter’s engagement when his lucky charm goes missing as he thinks it is a bad omen. She said,

“Love is life in its sentence; neither syndrome nor separable”.

Produced by Union of Video & Filmmakers (Project Producer: Antoine Khalife). The show will be available in 190 countries on Netflix, subbed in 33 languages, and dubbed to 5 languages.

Renowned Egyptian Filmmakers Khairy Beshara & Sandra Bassal on Netflix New Arabic Anthology Series: Love, Life and Everything In Between

Synopsis:

Romance, drama and dark humor intertwine in this anthology series developed by Egyptian screenwriter Azza Shalaby exploring love at large and relationships up close with stories from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Tunisia. The diverse, genre-spanning collection features eight short films by directors Khairy Beshara, Kaouther Ben Hania, Hany Abu-Assad, Amira Diab, Michel Kammoun, Mahmoud Sabbagh, Sandra Bassal, Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan and Hicham Lasri.

Episodes:

Episode # National Day of Mourning in Mexico

Written by: Nura ElSheikh

Directed by: Khairy Beshara

Main Cast: Asser Yassin – Nadah El Shazly – Aly Sobhy – Nura Cheichaa

Episode # The Big Red Heart

Written & Directed by: Michel Kammoun

Main Cast: Elie Njeim – Fadi Abi Samra – Rita Hayek – Alain Saadeh – Mohamad Akil – Issam Bou Khaled

Episode # Sidi Valentin

Written & directed by: Hicham Lasri

Main Cast: Lotfi – Nasser Akabab – Fatima Zahraa Quanboua – Gourbatchev

Episode # Kazoz

Written by: Amira Diab

Directed by: Amira Diab – Hany Abu Assad

Main Cast: Amer Hlehel – Shaden Kanboura – Samer Bisharat – Samah Mahmoud – Manal Awad

Episode # Glitch Love

Written & Directed by: Mahmoud Sabbagh

Main Cast: Dhay AlHelaly – Sami Hanafy – Oum Kalthoum Sara Brad – Ismail AlHassan

Episode # Al-A’sha

Written by: Mohamed AlHamoud – Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan

Directed by: Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan

Main Cast: Mishal AlMutairi – Reem Habib

Episode # Baby doll & Lamb chops

Written & directed by: Kaouther Ben Hania

Main Cast: Abdelhamid Bouchnak – Mourad Gharsalli – Nadim Cheikhrouha – Anissa Daoud – Fatma Felhi – Hela Ayed -Jihed Cherni – Slym Achour

Episode # O’Brother

Directed by: Sandra Bassal

Written by: Rafik Morkos

Main Cast : Ahmed Ezz- Passant Shawky- Salah Abdallah- Adham hossam

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