The highlight of my weekend has definitely been getting to meet Amin Matalqa today at the Intercon, and talk about his movie Captain Abu Raed and what it’s like making a feature film in Jordan. First off, Amin is both smart and funny, in other words, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to film making. Secondly, I’m one of the many fans of Amin’s shorts like “Suffi Suffi”, “Liffi Liffi” and of course “Ikhras!”. If I remember correctly, the last movie I ever felt this excited about was the epic Lord of the Rings, and even that was initially only a few months before it came out, as opposed to Captain Abu Raed, which has been on my anticipation radar for well over a year. But as Amin kept us all updated over the months about the progress of the film, and as it neared its completion, my anticipation has been through the roof. I like to think I have a sixth sense about movies and I am positive Captain Abu Raed is going to be a huge hit and a very well done movie. On his iPhone I got to listen to the music that will play over the end credits and it was absolutely haunting and a taste of what’s in store.
Amin is off to the Dubai Film Festival and then the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. If he brings enough Jordanian friends with him to Sundance, he’ll generate more buzz about Captain Abu Raed than any movie in the history of the festival! I expect the Jordanian blogosphere will do its part in generating some online buzz when the official trailer is released.
In the meantime, I want to blog this entry for future reference, mostly for myself. So that one day soon, when Amin is off making big and small budget films between a Hollywood studio and somewhere in Al-Salt, I can humbly say that I once had coffee with him on a Saturday afternoon at the Intercon.
Best of luck to Amin and company!