Ever since its production in 1945, the iconic movie “Casablanca” remained one of the most remarkable films that Hollywood has ever released. The Moroccan city of Casablanca has been subject to different other cinematic productions, namely Italian film “Casablanca Express” in 1989, as well as a Polish documentary holding the same name. Lately, an Arab production crew finished filming the final scenes of a new movie called “Casablanca”; the movie, however, will not enter theaters until Eid al-Fitr.
The new Casablanca movie was directed by Peter Mimi, who chose actors Amir Karara and Ghada Adel to play the leading roles. The movie script combines elements from both romance and action, as the two protagonists travel from Cairo to Casablanca on a journey that addresses corruption within Arab communities, says film producer, Walid Mansour.
In his statement, Mansour said that the events in his new movie are not similar to those in the original Oscar-winning version of 1945. However, Hespress sources revealed that despite a few changes in the script, Mansour’s movie has been inspired by the classic American version.
As for the film shooting, Mansour stated to the press that his crew spent around 10 days in Morocco, between Marrakech and Casablanca, noting that most of Amir Karara’s scenes involved action, and that Ghada Adel’s role in the movie will be a bit different than most her previous roles.
“The noise caused by motorcycles made it difficult for the team to do their job”, says Jordanian actor, Eyad Nassar.
It is noteworthy that Casablanca’s film cast included Moroccan actor, Mohammed Miftah, who expressed his excitement over participating in a movie that highlights corruption in the Arab world.
Miftah did not appear in any Moroccan or Arab dramas for long; however, the actor revealed that his absence is due to the lack of professionalism in drama productions, and the fact that actors’ financial expectations are never met. Besides, the war in Syria affected drama production in the whole Arab region, for Syria makes one of its pillars, he added.
Miftah’s role in Casablanca marks his third appearance in an Egyptian movie, for he has appeared in two earlier productions, namely “Bab Al-Khalq” in 2012, with the late Egyptian actor “Mahmoud Abdel Aziz”, and “Mamoun Wa Shurakah” in 2016, with Egyptian star, Adel Imam.