Global streaming service Netflix has released a new trailer for Egyptian director Sally El Hosaini’s drama The Swimmers. In addition, the streamer announced that the film will be available on the platform from November 23, 2022.
Based on actual events, The Swimmers is produced by Working Title for Netflix, directed and written by El Hosaini and co-written by Jack Thorne.
According to media reports, The Swimmers will have its Middle East and North Africa premiere on the opening night of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which will take place from November 13-22.
The Swimmers follows the journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use.
In 2015, the Mardini sisters decided to flee the country after their house was destroyed in the Syrian Civil War. They made their way to Lebanon and Turkey, where they arranged to be smuggled into Greece by dinghy. Unfortunately, in the middle of the Aegean Sea, the engine failed 15 minutes into the trip, and they had to swim for three and a half hours to stop the boat from capsizing.
The film stars Nathalie Issa, Manal Issa, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ahmed Malek, James Krishna Floyd, Elmi Rashid Elmi, Kinda Alloush and Ali Suliman.
Produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Ali Jaafar and Tim Cole, with Stephen Daldry executive producing.
Earlier this year, The Swimmers had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film festival and Zurich Film Festival.