HWJN

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates | 2023 | Arabic dialogue with English subtitles l 126 min

SYNOPSIS

Based on the best-selling Saudi fantasy novel by Ibraheem Abbas, Hwjn is set in a world where djinn have crossed a traditional barrier and are living invisibly among humans. Hwjn’s life is turned upside down when a human family moves into his own family’s Jeddah home, oblivious to the fact it is already occupied by magical beings. Open-hearted Hwjn (Baraa Alem) is increasingly fascinated by these alien interlopers, especially by beautiful Sawsan, a medical student (Nour Alkhadra). Could a portal open between their respective dimensions? And if it did, would that bring about harmony, or a war between the worlds? Sumptuous and romantic, Hwjn takes us on a journey into a kingdom of the imagination where anything seems possible.

Nordic premiere

Screening: April 25th 20:30 Panora 1 – Malmö


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CAST & CREDITS
Director: Yasir Alyasiri
Writer: Ibrahim Abbas, Yasir Alyasiri, Sarah Taibah, Hussam Alhulwah
Cast: Alanoud Saud, Nour Alkhadra, Baraa Alem, Mohsen Mansour, Naif Aldaferi, Shaimaa Al Tayeb
Dop: Nemanja Veselinovic
Producer: Yasir Alyasiri, Majid Alansari, Saad Abutaily

YASIR ALYASIRI

Yasir AlYasiri is a distinguished director, producer, and writer, celebrated for his impactful contributions to the Arab entertainment industry. Initially gaining fame as a music video director with ten awards to his name, Yasir made a striking film debut with “Murk Light” (2012), which not only screened at over 30 film festivals worldwide but also marked the first Emirati-made film to be showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. His first feature film, “Shabab Sheyab” (2018), received widespread acclaim, premiering at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and subsequently featured in numerous prestigious film festivals globally. Following this, his second film, “122” (2019), broke new ground as the first Egyptian film to be released in 4DX format, achieving blockbuster status at the Egyptian box office.

Building on his impressive legacy, Yasir AlYasiri took on the role of showrunner for the first Starzplay original series, “Kaboos” (2023), showcasing his versatility and leadership in content creation. Furthermore, Yasir is directing, producing, and co-writing “HWJN” (2024), the most anticipated movie in the region. This project underscores his continued influence and innovation in the Arab film industry, promising to captivate audiences and set new benchmarks for cinematic excellence.