Screen Daily 12 December 2012
Quartet behind 2007 road move shot against backdrop of 2006 Lebanese War reunites for comedy, provisionally entitled London Haram.
UK producer Paul Raphael is reuniting with Lebanese director Philippe Aractingi and actor Georges Khabbaz for an English-language comedy set in London, provisionally entitled London Haram. The trio previously collaborated on Under the Bombs, the tragicomic road movie shot against the backdrop of the 2006 Lebanese war, which won the Muhr Award for Best Actress and Best Film in DIFF in 2007.
Maya Hariri of Paris-based Rhamsa Productions, who boarded Under the Bombs at the post-production stage, financing the completion of the film, is also co-producing.
“Khabbaz is a sort of Roberto Benigni, Rowan Atkinson of the Middle East – he’s a great comedian,” said Raphael. “Under the Bombs was his first straight role… the film was such a great experience that …