Saturday, February 28, 2009

More Awards and Updates

Captain Abu Raed just won Best Director at the Portland International Film Festival, and Best Foreign Film at the Midwest Theater Film Festival. That takes us to 26 awards. Awesome! And now we're going to the next phase. Captain Abu Raed is about to begin its theatrical release around Europe and the United States.

Finland opening March 6.

Spain and Germany open March 12 and 13.
Here's the link to the SPANISH TRAILER. The film has been dubbed to Spanish, which is surreal and fun to see.

Also, opening in the US in May starting with New York and Chicago, then spreading to 40 Major US cities.

We'll be closing the Sedona Film Festival tomorrow March 1.

Thank you everyone for all your support. This film's journey continues thanks to grassroots word of mouth.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw your film at the sedona film festival tonight. best I'd seen at the festival. Good luck. I think you have a bright future in cinema. Thank you for a superbly made inspirational film.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Yasmina said...

I'm jordanian living in Malaga, Spain.. I've been waiting too much for debut in Malaga and told everybody here about the film, because I feel very proud with such a wonderful Jordanian Work.. the huge suprise is that it's only distributed in 3 cities ( Madrid, Navarra and Mallorca) in all Spain, not in Malaga!!! A lot of arabs here, in South Spain are feeling dissapointed because we can't enjoy captain Abu Raed in our cinemas. Should we wait for the DVD?

3:18 PM  
Blogger Amin Matalqa said...

Hi Yasmina and thank you. I believe it's in Valencia and other major cities on 18 screens now. Keep an eye out as it rotates around Spain. Hopefully very soon it will come around.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Amin,

I've watched your movie, and I must say it was an amazing one!
I'd like to ask you - is there an option to get the dialogs the actors had in the movie?
The reason for this bizarre request is that I'm currently learning Arabic - And although I understand many lines, sometimes I get lost when they speak too fast.

If you agree, here's my email address -
ltklev at gmail dot com

I'd be grateful if you do so,
and even if you don't - Great movie!

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Isabel said...

Dear Mr. Amin Matalqa,

I'm glad to have found your name and blog when searching for Jordan producers/directors. That's the only way I have to contact you.
My message is about one of the most wonderful and actual love stories happened in JORDAN by mid/ end of the 20th Century. I've travelled through Jordan and I loved your country and people.
I knew one wonderful person there, the author in person as I met her in PETRA last year. She wrote a wonderful book about her amazing life and we've exchanged mails about it. She and myself are wondering whether it w'd be possible to see her story as a movie. She said and I agreed that this would be great and she also said that this would be the most adequate time.
For further information, please refer to Marguerite van Geldermalsen and her book "Married to a Bedouin", published by Virago. Marguerite van Geldermalsen's website:

Most probably you may have already heard about her.

Sorry to trouble you but this matter would surely become a lovely movie.
Please think anout this suggestion and consider whether it's feasible.
Thank you so much for your kind attention.
Best regards
Isabel Moreira - Portugal

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Isabel said...

Mr. Matalqa, if you wish to contact me by mail, please use That's the address through which I've contacted "Married to a Bedouin"'s author. She can give you all details that you may need or wish to know, as the story is her own amazing life.
Thank you so much

10:09 AM  
Blogger Yasmina said...

Hi Amim! I'm very upset, because the film rotation is about to finish in Spain, it's only in ONE Cinema in Madrid right now, We didn't have the chance to enjoy it here in Malaga and the rest of Southern Spain. We're dissappointed because we have been waiting too much. I' ll wait for the DVD, which I hope it includes Spanish subtitle for my spanish friends. Any Way, congratulations for your wonderful work. I feel very proud of you.

Best wishes from a Jordanian fan living in Spain

7:18 AM  

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