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Fest Buyer Sony Pictures Classics Heads to the Middle East (VIDEO)

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by Anne Thompson
September 16, 2012 5:02 PM
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“I come from a small town in Saudi Arabia, a country where showing movies in public is illegal," says Haifaa Al-Mansour. "To write and direct the first film ever to be shot inside Saudi Arabia, with one of the leading companies in Europe, Razor Films, was beyond my wildest dreams. To premiere my film at the Venice Film Festival was even more incredible, and now to have Sony Classics bring the film to North America, the place from where I first saw the power and emotional possibilities of film, is beyond anything I ever could have imagined.”

"'Wadjda' captivated audiences in Telluride in a spectacular, richly rewarding way," stated SPC. "For the first time we are seeing a movie from that part of the world, and it's a great movie."

The film will open in 2013. SPC also worked with Razor Films and producers Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner on animated doc "Waltz with Bashir."

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