Abu-Assad film first Palestinian-financed production
David Gerson and Waleed Zuaiter, who are in our eyes an ideal combination of passion and ambition to make an outstanding film of international relevance,” said Match Factory topper Michael Weber. Abu-Assad added, “I am overwhelmed to be making the first fully financed film by the emerging Palestinian film community. I wrote this ‘amour-fou’ for audiences in every corner of the world, and I am humbled by ZBros’ tireless commitment to support filmmakers in this region.” “Omar” is in post production. The Match Factory is also handling international rights to David Gordon Green’s Berlin competition title “Prince Avalanche.” Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in the odd-couple tale, a remake of Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s 2011 Icelandic comedy-drama “Either Way,” about two road workers who spend summer 1988 away from their city lives. The pic, which also screened at Sundance, is unspooling in Berlin’s main competition lineup. “Prince Avalanche” was produced by Muskat Filmed Properties and Dogfish Pictures in association with Lankin Partners, Dreambridge Films, The Bear Media and Roughhouse.