Perfetti Sconosciuti is a 2016 Italian film by Paolo Genovese that became an instant hit -- and ended up being remade in 18 other countries from Mexico to South Korea, Russia, Turkey and even Israel.
Now Front Row Filmed Entertainment, with Film Clinic, Empire Entertainment and Yalla Yalla are bringing an Arabic version to the Region, and the world. It is the first of many films produced by Front Row as part of a first look deal signed with Netflix.
The premise of the film is that dinner with friends is supposed to be an intimate, social moment. One where we should disconnect from our phones, and enjoy each other’s company. But what if we did the opposite? What if our dinner entertainment was, in fact, to share everything, including our phones and what is on them, indiscriminately? Are we prepared to reveal all to those whom we say are our closest friends and partners? In the MENA region, this much sharing could turn into a time bomb.
Perfect Strangers, the first Arabic Netflix film based on the smash-hit Italian feature, tells the story of seven close friends who get together for dinner and decide to play a game that involves them placing their cell phones on the dinner table, and agreeing to openly share every call, text and voice message as it comes. What starts out as fun, quickly unfolds into an uncharted path of untold secrets that reveals more than what they wish to share.
The Arabic version of the most remade film in cinema history with 18 remakes, features a remarkable Pan-Arab cast coming together for the first time including Lebanese award winning director and actor Nadine Labaki, Egyptian star Mona Zaki, Eyad Nassar, Georges Khabbaz, Adel Karam, Fouad Yammine and Diamand Abou Abboud. Directed by Wissam Smayra, Perfect Strangers marks Smayra’s debut as a film director, although he was Executive Producer on Labaki's Oscar nominated 2019 film Capernaum.
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The film is slated to premiere on January 20th, 2022 and not a moment too soon!
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