Lebanese filmmaker Ghassan Salhab to film vampire movie set in Beirut

Mad World Acquires Ghassan Salhab’s Upcoming Vampire Thriller: The Last City

Dubai-based sales company, Mad World, has recently acquired the worldwide rights to Lebanese filmmaker Ghassan Salhab’s upcoming project “The Last City.” The film is set in a collapsing Beirut that has been overrun by vampires. Salhab, known for his arthouse films such as “Terra Incognita,” “The Last Man,” “The Mountain,” and “The Valley,” is considered a standout director in Lebanon and has premiered his works at prestigious festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Toronto.

“The Last City” follows the narrative of five non-consecutive nights that revisit the final weeks of Beirut, which is now controlled by vampires searching for rare victims. The film is described as a sequel to Salhab’s “The Last Man,” where a medical examiner turns into a vampire and disappears into the night. Salhab explained that more vampires have emerged over the years, further dividing the city of Beirut into fragments.

Produced by Tania El-Khoury in Lebanon, “The Last City” is a co-production between Khamsin Films and Les Films de l’Altaï in France. It has received support from organizations like the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, CNC, and the indie company Mad Solutions in Cairo, which has recently expanded into film sales with the launch of Mad World at Cannes.

Mad World’s co-presidents, Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab, aim to showcase Arab filmmaking talent and unique stories on the global stage. They are excited to collaborate with filmmakers like Ghassan Salhab, who has created a diverse range of films over the past 25 years. Salhab’s “The Last City” promises to immerse viewers in a haunting journey through a city transformed by vampires and internal division.

Mad World aims to bring unique stories from Arab filmmakers to audiences worldwide. With their acquisition of “The Last City,” they continue to expand their reach beyond traditional markets.

In conclusion, Mad World’s acquisition of Ghassan Salhab’s upcoming project sets them up for continued success as they showcase unique stories from Arab filmmakers on a global stage. With their passion for highlighting diverse talent and their ability to secure international rights for projects like “The Last City,” Mad World continues to be an important player in the world of independent cinema.

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