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Netflix Reveals the Release Date of Its First Ever Arabic Film Adaptation, Perfect Strangers


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An evening with friends announces good food, good company, supposedly great conversation, and an eventual deluge. This setting is the foundation of the Italian film Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers, 2016), directed by Paolo Genovese and an instant box office hit. Proving to have international resonance, the film achieved a Guinness World Record by becoming the most remade movie in history with 18 versions made thus far.

Now, Netflix is set to offer the first Arabic film adaptation, directed by Wissam Smarya and featuring Vogue Arabia cover stars Nadine Labaki (Capernaum) and Mona Zaki (30 Years Ago). Along with the official poster, the streaming platform has also announced the release date of the film—fans can watch the movie on January 20, 2022.

Labaki and Zaki will be joined on-screen by Eyad Nassar, Adel Karam, Georges Khabbaz, Diamond Bou Abboud, and Fouad Yammine. The film tells the story of this group of seven good friends who come together one night during the Lebanese revolution and the Covid-19 pandemic. What starts off as a fun night descends into an overload of surprise information as they embark on a game that reveals their darkest secrets. Across the public, private, and secret lives, do we truly know one another? What memories are being stored in our phones and what happens when these lives are made public? Do they have nothing to hide? This film is one of many Netflix Arabic screenplay adaptations to come in 2022.

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