Mahmoud Sabbagh, groundbreaking Saudi director, producer and screenwriter whose 10 debut feature Barakah Meets Barakah became The first Saudi title debuted at the Berlinale, announcing his third film project.
The Hollywood Reporter can expose Sabbagh – who was instrumental in creating the Red Sea Film Festival
and served as its director until resigned from film production – now making Rumah Desert’s Last Party.
Set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, the film, based on Sabbagh’s own script, has been described as “a drama of ennui and passion over one long night.” “. It revolves around a cash-driven local impresario who wanders nightlife spots and touring gigs with his music troupe, struggling to make ends meet amidst professional conflicts and scene shifts.
Last Party in Rumah Desert , 2nd film since Sabbagh Amra and Second Marriage Six years later*) (world premiere at the 10 BFI London Film Festival), starring Abdullah Albarak, local singer Marwa Salem, Sami Hanafi and Radwan Gieffrey. Filming is currently taking place in the deserts of Jeddah and Riyadh, with Cairo veteran — and longtime director collaborator — Victor Credy serving as cinematographer, and is expected to run until mid-December.
El-Housh Productions, the Jeddah-based independent label founded by Sabbagh, produced Barakah Meets Barakah – which Also considered Saudi Arabia’s first romantic comedy – and Amra and the Second Marriage, produced the film, with Nine Projects serving as co-producer.
News of the project was revealed to THR during the 2nd Red Sea Film Festival, which runs until December