Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman’s feature film directorial debut, Namour, will be released in the US by ARRAY. ARRAY, whose founder, Ava DuVernay, made the announcement earlier this week, has set a March 15 theatrical and on-demand premiere for Namour.
Namour made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where the director won the festival’s LA Muse Award. Described as a sparse and stylized homage to the City of Angeles, the film explores the complexities of personal responsibility versus moral convictions.
The film stars Karim Saleh (“Iron Man 2,” “Kingdom of Heaven”), Waleed Zuaiter (“20th Century Women,” “London Has Fallen”) and new comer, Wedad Abdou, Namour chronicles the unraveling of Steven Bassem (Saleh) as he’s caught between his dead-end job and the demands of his Arab-American immigrant family.
Steven Bassem is a young man going nowhere. His job as a valet driver for a fashionable restaurant brings him into regular contact with LA’s moneyed elite and their expensive automobiles, but Steven can’t shake the feeling that his temporary gig is somehow turning into his future. When Steven’s mother (Layla) announces that she’s selling the house - the only home Steven has ever known - because they can no longer afford it, Steven’s behavior starts to change in strange ways.
“Writer-director Heidi Saman’s portrayal of frustration and anxiety within the American immigrant community is heartfelt yet elegantly understated in Namour,” explained ARRAY’s Executive Director Tilane Jones. “We’re excited to introduce Saman’s stirring debut feature film to an international film audience.”