Berlin: Saudi Rom-Com ‘Barakah’ Set for Arab Distribution Via Mad Solutions And Fortress Film Clinic (EXCLUSIVE)

Mad Solutions and Fortress Film Clinic forge multi-pic joint distribution pact

Groundbreaking Saudi romantic comedy “Barakah Meets Barakah,” about the complexities of dating in Saudi Arabia, has been acquired for distribution across the Arab world by Cairo and Abu Dhabi-based Mad Solutions and Dubai-based shingle Fortress Film Clinic, which have forged a multi-pic joint distribution pact.

“Barakah,” pictured, which is helmed by first-timer Mahmoud Sabbagh, depicts young Saudi lovers circumventing tradition, etiquette and the country’s religious police. Pic screened in the Berlinale’s Panorama section. It is produced by Jeddah-based El Housh Prods.

Fortress Film  Clinic, which was launched last year, is a joint venture between Mohamed Hefzy’s prominent Cairo-based Film Clinic production shingle and Dubai-based private equity find Fortress Capital Investments Group.

The other titles Mad and Fortress will be co-distributing in Arab territories, albeit under the Mad Solutions label, are Egyptian director Sherif El Bendary’s “Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim,” about a young man who believes his late girlfriend’s soul has been reincarnated in a goat, co-produced by Fortress Film Clinic, Transit Films, and French film production company Arizona Prods., now in post; and Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi’s “Writing on Snow” about the roots of different sub-groups in Palestinian society and also within Arab communities at large, and how these divisions contribute to religious extremism. “Writing on Snow,” which is being co-produced by Fortress Film Clinic and Cinetelefilms, is scheduled to start shooting in March. 

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