Looking for Oum Kulthum
|Co-Producer:||Razor Film (DE), Agora Films (MA), In Between Art Film (IT), Vivo Film (IT)|
|Grant amount:||€ 218.000|
|Writer:||Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari|
|Key cast:||Neda Rehmahnian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif|
|Locations:||Vienna, Morocco, Egypt|
Mitra, an ambitious artist, mother and wife in her late 40s, embarks on her life long dream of making a film about her hero, the legendary singer of the Arab World, Oum Kulthum. Her film’s central aim is to explore the struggles, sacrifices and the price of Oum Kulthum’s success as a female artist living in a conservative male dominated society.
Mitra herself achieved fame and success abroad, but her career choices made it impossible to return home, which separated her from her son and family.
The sudden disappearance of Mitra’s teenage son during film production, and the increasing difficulties of capturing Oum Kulthum’s essence as a myth, a woman, and an artist lead Mitra to have a complete break down.
Now Ghada, an exceptionally gifted actress and singer playing the role of Oum Kulthum, comes to Mitra’s rescue, as she is connected to the core of life and femininity and is naturally wise. Through this Mitra achieves self-realisation and an artistic breakthrough.