Filming for City of Life, the first multilingual feature to be written and directed by an Emirati filmmaker and funded entirely by UAE investors, will conclude this week after more than 30 days of gruelling production schedules.
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The film, which is backed by Dubai-based production house Filmworks, is also the largest production to be attempted employing local actors and production crew.
Shot in more than 42 locations across different regions of the UAE, especially Dubai and the Hatta mountains, the film revolves around three people from different cultures and walks of life namely, a privileged Emirati male, an Indian taxi driver, and a Western woman who are brought together by an event in the film.
Tim Smythe, CEO of Filmworks, told digitalproductionme.com that he hoped Mostafa’s film would kickstart local film production.
“I hope what Ali has contributed here will help boost interest in the local industry and lead to increased support for local filmmakers from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There are developments happening in Abu Dhabi and I’d like to see the same thing happen in Dubai as well.”
City of Life is also the first feature film in the Middle East to use the Musco light, a powerful lighting solution that uses 15 fixtures of 6000W each and runs off a digital generator.
The team hopes to complete the film in time to be entered into the Toronto Film Festival.