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    Blessed Benefit

    Directed by Mahmoud al Massad
    Jordan/Germany/Netherlands | 83 minutes | U.S. Premiere | World Cinema Now

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    Blessed Benefit

    Directed by Mahmoud al Massad
    Jordan/Germany/Netherlands | 83 minutes | U.S. Premiere | World Cinema Now

A wry, tongue-in-cheek tale about a construction contractor implicated in an unfortunate business deal that lands him in jail. Ironically, once in prison, he gradually feels something that he's never felt before—liberty. “An accomplished and likeable comedy for Mideast film fans.” The Hollywood Reporter

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film synopsis

In this wry, tongue-in-cheek tale, Ahmad, an ultra-laid back construction contractor who loves a good game of cards, gets tangled up in an unfortunate business deal. He uses a client's down payment to help his cousin import 10 brand-new laptops and hopes to make a small profit from it.

But due to customs procedures, the imported laptops are not released in time. Unable to do the job or pay the money back, Ahmad is sentenced to three months in prison for fraud. Coming to terms with his new surroundings, where food and drink are not a worry, where new friendships are struck, and where no cell phones are ringing, Ahmad gradually feels something that he's never felt before-liberty. Halfway through his sentence his biggest worry becomes losing this freedom after his release and, above all, having to deal with a bigger debt. This wittily scripted first fiction feature from noted documentary-maker Massad pleasingly upends genre stereotypes.

"An accomplished and likeable comedy for Mideast film fans." Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Special Jury Award, Best Actor, Warsaw 

film details

Original Language Title: Inshallah Estafadit
Country: Jordan/Germany/Netherlands
Year: 2016
Running Time: 83 minutes
Premier Status: U.S. Premiere
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Special Jury Award for Best Actor, Warsaw
Director: Mahmoud al Massad
Producers: Thanassis Karathanos, Dima Hamadallah, Julius Ponten, Mahmoud al Massad
Principal Cast: Ahmad Thaher, Maher Khammash, Odai Hijazi, Mahmoud al Massad, Nadeem Rimawi
Cinematographers: Giorges Mihelis
Editor: Mahmoud al Massad, Wouter van Lujin, Simon el Habre, Petar Markovic
Music: Andre Matthias
Screenwriter: Mahmoud al Massad
International Sales Company: Beta Cinema
Website: betacinema.com/en/produkt/do/detail.html?id=4297

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