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Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’ Opening N.Y. May 27th!

Adopt Films to Platform 'The Idol' in New York May 27th.

Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world, came onboard Hany Abu-Assad’s “The Idol” during the film’s final postproduction phase.

The Idol
will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival today in the Special Presentations section.

Directed by acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now,” “Omar”), “The Idol” tells the inspirational true life
story of Mohammad Assaf, a wedding singer from Gaza who became a worldwide sensation after winning the live-singing competition Arab Idol in 2013.

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Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation said: “Hany Abu-Assad is one of the Arab region’s most gifted filmmakers and we greatly admire his work. Image Nation’s
decision to join the project at this stage is a validation of the quality of that work. Not only is this a great team, but it’s a great film and we are
thrilled to be part of it. ”

Added Abu-Assad: “This is the first time I’ve worked with Image Nation and I am very happy with our first collaboration on ‘The Idol.’ I hope this
film will mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.

“The Idol”
is one of Image Nation’s two high-profile screenings at Toronto Film Festival, which will feature the highly-anticipated feature documentary “He Named Me Malala,” directed by Academy Award®-winner Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”). The film is being
released by Fox Searchlight,  in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Participant Media, and National Geographic Channel. The documentary
was produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term partnership with Image Nation.

“The Idolwill then be showcased at BFI London Film Festival, where Image Nation will be celebrating the European premieres of three other titles – “He Named Me Malala,” Majid Al Ansari’s “Zinzana” and Ali Mostafa’s “From A to B.”

Garin added: “Image Nation is starting the festival season strong with notable lineups at Toronto Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. It’s a
particular high point for us to be able to bring the work of two gifted Emirati filmmakers to international audiences, and it’s a testament to the rapid
development of our narrative and documentary slates.”

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“The Idol” has already made an impact in the market. Seville Sales is handling international rights to the film outside the Middle East and
has already closed a number of deals in over 20 territories including France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Japan (New Select), Australia (Umbrella), Latin America
(California Filmes), China (Beijing Xiangjiang YiHua Films), Hong Kong (Edko), India (PVR), Taiwan (Spring International), and South Korea (Kaon Contents
& Media). MBC is releasing in the Middle East and North Africa through its 03 production arm. EOne will distribute in Spain.

U.S. rights are still available.

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