Zinzana (2015)

vt Rattle the Cage
UAE / 92 minutes / color / Image Nation Abu Dhabi, IM Global Dir: Majid Al Ansari Pr: Rami Yasin Scr: Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye Cine: Colin Leveque Cast: Ali Suliman, Saleh Bakri, Yasa, Abdalla Rashid Al Shehhi, Ali Al Jabri, Mansoor Alfeeli, Ahd Kamel, Omar Abdulhamid, Iyad Hoorani.

There are very few things I can promise you with absolute certainty, but here’s one: I’ve never featured a United Arab Emirates neonoir on this site before. The reason I’m so very positive this is the case is that Zinzana—the name means “cage” in Arabic—is the first and, so far as I can tell, only neonoir to be made in the UAE. On the evidence of this outing, however, I’m hoping there’ll be many more.

In an unidentified Arab country, Talal Mohammed Bin Antar (Bakri) has been thrown into the cells of the local PD for getting into a fight: he attacked a stranger, Bu Hamad (Al Jabri). The latter is able to arrange bail for himself but, when Talal phones his ex-wife, Wafa Nasser (Kamel), she’s not interested in helping him out: she remembers him as Continue reading

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