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Looking for Oum Kulthum

Producer: Coop99 Film
Financing: Minoritarian coproduction
Co-Producer: Razor Film (DE), Agora Films (MA), In Between Art Film (IT), Vivo Film (IT)
Year: 2016
Grant amount: € 218.000
Category: Spielfilm
Genre: drama
Director: Shirin Neshat
Writer: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Cinematographer: Martin Gschlacht
Key cast: Neda Rehmahnian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif
Locations: Vienna, Morocco, Egypt
Release (AT): 15.06.2018

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.

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