Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 August 2019

Arabic movie treats to watch out for over Eid Al Fitr 2017

There are plenty of regional productions offering action, drama and comedy. Here are our picks of the festive releases.
All aboard for laughs in Tafash We Arba’een Harami. Courtesy Hawar
All aboard for laughs in Tafash We Arba’een Harami. Courtesy Hawar

After a month of Ramadan television treats during the holy month, the arrival of Eid Al Fitr traditionally brings with it a flurry of high-profile Arabic films released on the big screen. This year is no different, with regional productions offering plenty of action, drama and comedy. Here is our pick of the festive releases.

Herob Ittary

This straight-up action flick, features Egyptian star Ahmed El Sakka as an underworld figure on the run after being framed for murdering a business associate. He and a fellow fugitive, played by Ghada Adel, seemingly destroy half of Cairo, as they race to find the real culprit before being caught. Expect lots of explosions, spectacular stunts and a police car or two crashing into the Nile.

Jawab E’Tikal

This drama finally gets a UAE release after its release in Cairo on New Year’s Day. The timely tale tells the story of Khaled Al Dajwi (Mohamed Ramadan) who becomes radicalised and joins a terror cell. With preparations for a major attack under way, Khaled begins to question his motivation when he discovers his younger brother wants to follow in his footsteps.

Antar Ibn Ibn Ibn Ibn Shaddad

Mohammed Henedi returns with more irreverent comedy set in days gone by. The Egyptian comic actor plays the title role, a character who is part of the lineage of the great pre-Islamic Arab knight and poet Antarah Ibn Shaddad. After falling in love with a woman from another Arab tribe (played by Dura), he sets off on a quest to win her heart – and hilarity ensues.

Tafash We Arba’een Harami

The popular khaliji sitcom Sawalef Tafash gets a stand-alone spin-off film. Ali Al Ghurair plays Tafash and Khalil Al Rumethy as his sidekick, Jasoom, a pair of blundering friends called into action when Tafash’s aunt is mistakenly kidnapped by pirates.


Updated: June 24, 2017 04:00 AM