New York Times recommends Jordan’s ‘The Alleys’ as international film pick

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AMMAN — The New York Times has listed the Jordanian film “The Alleys”, directed by Basil Ghandour, as one of this month’s recommended international films for streaming on digital platforms. اضافة اعلان

“Set on the gritty, mazelike streets of East Amman… Ghandour’s thriller moves and turns like a kaleidoscope: In each of its four chapters, characters shuffle about and meet in new configurations, heroes becoming villains and villains becoming victims,” writes the Times.

“Every twist in this movie is unpredictable, because every character is both morally dubious and somewhat idiotic”.

Top-ten Netflix hitSince its launch on Netflix at the beginning of the year, “The Alleys” was featured on the list of most-watched titles in Jordan for seven consecutive weeks — usually in first place.

It also entered Netflix’s top-ten lists for Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and was one of the most-searched queries on Google in Arab countries for several days.

Global recognitionThe film has had a successful screening journey, whether at festivals or commercially, in more than 20 countries around the world. It was launched commercially in four Arab countries — Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE — and won the Audience Award and a special mention at the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden.

The film also took the Grand Jury Prize at the Annonay International Film Festival in France and was nominated for four awards by the Arab Film Center on the sidelines of the Cannes Festival.

The film has also received critical acclaim and praise from international critics and websites. Screen Daily news website writes: “As Ghandour’s screenplay follows the colorful inhabitants through the tumultuous highs and lows of their daily lives, ‘The Alleys’ is by turns dark comedy, mystery thriller and crime drama.”

“Thanks to Ghandour’s careful oversight of the material, these myriad threads just about knit together to create a satisfying whole.”

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