Egyptian actor Karim Kassem stars in Sawah, first Luxembourgish live action film on Netflix

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 May 2020

The film is directed by Egyptian Luxembourg-based filmmaker Adolf El Assal


Sawah (2019), a film directed and co-written by Luxembourg-based filmmaker Adolf El Assal and starring Egyptian actor Karim Kassem, was released on Netflix on Thursday.

The film is the first Luxembourgish live action feature film to be released on Netflix, and is available for viewers in a total of 46 countries, including many Middle Eastern and European countries.

Commenting the film's release on Netflix, actor Karim Kassem stated: “This is what any actor loves to witness especially when participating in an international movie like Sawah. I think it will gain the admiration of the Arab and international audiences, especially because of the popularity of VODs now. Within the conditions that the world is going through, these platforms have become the source of entertainment for movie lovers.”

Sawah is the third film featuring Kassem to be streamed on Netflix, after EXT. Night and The First Line. 

Prior to its release on Netflix, Sawah took part in more than 36 international film festivals, garnering several awards, including Best Feature Film at the Florence Film Awards (2019), Best Editing at the Lifft India Filmotsav (2019), and at the Pitch to Screen Film Awards (2019), Best Supporting Actor (Eric Kabongo) at the Queen Palm International Film Festival (2019), among others.

The film is available on more than one VOD platform in Luxembourg and Belgium.

The film's brief states that the story focuses on Samir, a young Egyptian DJ who loves music and gets the opportunity to travel to Brussels to play the gig of a lifetime in Belgium.

"Things go from bad to worse when he loses his passport and everyone thinks he is a refugee, forcing him to escape, encountering many personalities and unexpected situations along the way. The events of the film take place in four different countries in six different languages."

Alongside Kassem, the film also features Eric Kabongo, Jean-Luc Couchard, Mourade Zeguendi, and Stéphane Bissot.

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