- HWJN is the adaptation of Ibraheem Abbas’s bestselling Saudi novel
- Directed by Yasir Al Yasiri, it features a stellar cast including Baraa Alem, Nour Alkhadra, Nayef Althifery, Alanoud Saud, and Mohsen Mansour
- The film has been developed under a landmark partnership between Image Nation Abu Dhabi, VOX Studios and MBC STUDIOS
Trailer can be viewed here [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LT4N0r956o]
26 July, 2023: Image Nation Abu Dhabi, VOX Studios and MBC STUDIOS today gave fans of the fantasy phenomenon HWJN a fresh glimpse at how the story is evolving from the page to the silver screen with the release of the first full trailer for the film.
The film is the adaptation of the Ibraheem Abbas’ fantasy romance novel HWJN, which was first released in 2013 by Yatakhayloon and became a number one best selling novel in Saudi Arabia.
Directed by Yasir Al Yasiri (122, Kaboos), HWJN features a superstar cast including Saudi actors Baraa Alem (The Sun of Gnosis, Route 10) , Nour Alkhadra (The Matchmaker), Nayef Althifery (Rashash) , Alanoud Saud (Blackmail Note, Boxing Girls) and Mohsen Mansour (207). The film is also produced by Axx Productions from Yasir Al Yasiri.
The story is a mix of fantasy and romance and centres on the kind-hearted jinn HWJN. Living among humans in modern-day Jeddah, HWJN’s story unfolds as he embarks on an epic journey to reclaim his birthright, battling ancient evils to uphold the balance between his world and ours while developing an unexpected connection with Sawsan, a young medical student.
HWJN is one of the biggest projects to date under a landmark production partnership launched in 2019 by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, VOX Studios and MBC STUDIOS, the in-house premium content production arm of MBC GROUP, three of the region’s most significant entities in the content and entertainment sector. The groundbreaking alliance supports film and TV projects from inception to distribution, representing a significant boost to the region’s growing film, TV and entertainment industry.
The release of today’s full trailer for HWJN follows a teaser trailer unveiled at the Red Sea International Film Festival in December 2022.
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About Image Nation Abu Dhabi
Image Nation Abu Dhabi is an award-winning film and entertainment company that has built its reputation on breaking boundaries and unleashing imagination.
It creates films, TV series, documentaries, and entertainment for consumers throughout the world and is the first UAE company to have multiple productions stream globally on Netflix. Its success spans the globe, screening content at more than 400 international film festivals and receiving the industry’s highest honours, including two Academy Awards, a BAFTA, and an Emmy.
Image Nation has a strong track record of producing high-quality productions through a combination of local talent and international expertise. The company encourages original thought and curiosity while providing a platform for inspiration and practical training through its robust development programme, Arab Film Studio.
Its mission is to help build the film and entertainment industry across the GCC and MENA regions, a pioneering ambition in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to shape a competitive, sustainable, and globally open economy. Image Nation enables all those who engage with it to become guardians of culture and ambassadors of change.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi is part of the Creative Media Authority, which champions content creation in Abu Dhabi, including film and TV production.
About VOX Cinemas
VOX Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, is the largest cinema exhibitor in the Middle East, with more than 600 screens across eight markets. It also produces content and operates a regional film distribution business since 2015.
In recent years, it has established itself as one of the largest film distributors in the MENA region and acts as an independent distributor as well as working with major film studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures.
VOX Cinemas is committed to bringing premium Arabic content to the big screen through both acquired movies and original productions under its VOX Studios division. In December 2021, it made a commitment to produce 25 Arabic features film in five years and the following year revealed its debut slate of Arabic content. The diverse features titles from new and established filmmakers in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Lebanon.
About MBC STUDIOS
MBC STUDIOS is a leading global production powerhouse, born to realise the unrivalled and untapped storytelling potential of the Middle East region, by MBC GROUP.
With a rising demand for original Arabic content produced to international standards in the MENA region, MBC STUDIOS is tapping into this underdeveloped market by conceptualising and producing the most compelling stories for cinema, television, and on-demand platforms.
MBC STUDIOS also serves as a prominent hub for international productions seeking to film in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region. Offering comprehensive support and resources to facilitate seamless and successful filming experiences, MBC STUDIOS is facilitating and enabling global production houses to capture the unique essence and beauty of this remarkable region.
Through its extensive network and expertise, MBC STUDIOS strives to foster a thriving environment for international collaborations.
What’s more, MBC STUDIOS continues to invest in Saudi talent and infrastructure, to encourage local investment in the region through creating employment opportunities and honing young Saudi talent throughout different stages of the production process.
Yatakhayaloonis a company founded by Yasser Bahjatt & Ibraheem Abbas to cultivate and nurture the Science Fiction culture across Arabia with the belief that SciFi is the main driver behind scientific development in any region. Its first published novel, HWJN, sold more than 250,000 copies in Arabic and was downloaded more than 4M times and translated to 4 languages so far.