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Match Factory picks up ‘Omar’

Abu-Assad film first Palestinian-financed production

The Match Factory has picked up international rights to helmer Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar” about three childhood friends and a young woman who are torn apart in their fatal fight for freedom.

Produced by ZBros, a newly formed Palestinian-American production company, “Omar” was shot in the West Bank and Nazareth. It is the first feature financed entirely by Palestinian investors with the support of the Enjaaz Film Initiative, the Dubai Film Festival’s post-production support program.

The film stars Waleed Zuaiter (“Homeland”), Adam Bakri, Samer Bisharat, Eyad Hourani and Leem Lubany.

“We are thrilled to work with this exceptional director and producers 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.

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