'Captain' logs global flight plan

NeoClassics gets rights to foreign-language Oscar contender

SANTA MONICA -- NeoClassics Films has nabbed North American, U.K., Australian and South African rights to "Captain Abu Raed," Jordan's first-ever entry in the best foreign-language film Oscar race.

Writer-director Amin Matalqa won this year's Dramatic World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance and several other fest honors, making it a prime catch on Fortissimo Films' awards-bait AFM slate. The Canada-based NeoClassics will distribute the film through its U.S. theatrical distribution arm early next year and rep sales for its other territories.

The film centers on an airport janitor (Nadim Sawalha) mistaken for a pilot by children in his poor Jordanian neighborhood. His fictional tales of adventures around the world inspire them.
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