Feature film Soula by director Salah Issaad shall land its world premiere at the Red Sea Competition of the Red Sea International Film Festival in its 1st edition (December 6th – 15th). Most recently, the film’s official poster was released.
Soula is about a single mother who has nowhere to go after her father threw her out of the family home. Trying to make it through the night with her baby, Soula ends up hopping from one car to another with a number of people. Throughout a night full of unfortunate events along the roads of Algeria, Soula tries her best to change her destiny. Does fate have another saying?
Written, directed and produced by Salah Issaad, Soula is co-written by Soula Bahri, whose life story inspired the director to turn it into a film and let Soula play the lead role. The film is produced by Issaad Film Productions (the three brothers Taqi Eldin, Abdelghafour, and Salah Issaad), and stars Soula Bahri, Idir Benaibouche, and Franck Yvrai. MAD Solutions handles the film’s marketing and distribution in the Arab world.
The Red Sea International Film Festival is a film event that is held in celebration of modern and classic cinema to learn from the masters and get inspired by the best. The festival highlights the blockbusters of the future before they hit the big screen, re-discovers old favorites in retrospect and explores immersive audio-visual worlds with experimental and short film strands.
Salah Issaad is an Algerian director who was raised in a family of publishers. After receiving a bachelor's degree (High school degree) in Letters and Foreign languages in 2008, he joined the Law school of Batna in Algeria. He moved to France to complete his film studies for two years at the University of Paris VIII. Afterwards, he joined the ARFIS audiovisual school in Lyon, then he ended up joining the Factory School in Villeurbanne where he obtained his Cinema director diploma. Salah has under his belt a feature film and several short films, where he deployed his passion for telling stories that appreciates human relationships. He likes to explore different narrative forms and film genres like drama, tragedy, stories inspired by real events, as well as comedies.