The makers of the Emirati movie “Al-Ambush”, which begins showing on cinema screens to the public today, affirmed that this film is a pivotal station in their careers, and that it is a patriotic work that any actor would be honored to participate in, given its documentation of the sacrifices of Emirati soldiers. The film succeeded in combining and balancing documentation and the human aspect, and presented the audience with a cinematic experience that is considered the first of its kind in the Arab world and the region, especially in terms of the huge production. The cruel war, humanitarian work, and the relations that unite the “sons of Zayed”… are all titles that the film presents over a two-hour period, so that the actors turn into tools that embody the sacrifices of Emirati soldiers, the true heroes in the battle.
At the Mocha base in 2018, the ambush incident occurred, which the film details in detail, as the events start from the military base, and develop rapidly, when three Emirati soldiers fall into the ambush set by rebels in the mountains, so they lose contact with the military base, and other teams are sent to save them. Cruel battles, and human scenes under the film, which presents the determination of the soldiers to win the battle, not to sacrifice any of the soldiers, and to ensure the return of all.
Director Pierre Morel was able to present an impressive picture in the land of the Emirates, with the adoption of live effects during filming, which gave the film realistic dimensions in the embodiment of the story.
“Emirates Today” met a group of the heroes of the work, who talked about the details of the experience, as Abdullah Saeed bin Haider, who embodies the character of the operation commander Mohammed Al Mazrouei, said: “The film bears a human story that highlights the form of sacrifices made by Emirati soldiers, and representation here is nothing but a tool to embody The heroics of the soldiers.
Bin Haider expressed his happiness to work in this film, which is considered one of the largest cinematic productions in the Gulf, expressing his happiness in presenting the role of a hero of the armed forces, describing the character as a brave and adventurous character, who did a lot to save his countrymen.
And about the challenges that accompanied the filming of the film, he stressed that they were mainly represented in the “Corona” pandemic, as well as the rain that the filming site was exposed to, as much work was done to restore the place to its first form, especially since all the events of the film take place in half a day.
As for Maitha Muhammad, she played a role different from her usual roles, as she presented the character of the girl who works from the military leadership, noting that the film is characterized by the huge production, and that every Emirati actor wished to get any role in it.
Muhammad considered the film a new leap for her at the level of her acting, especially that the audience got used to her in romantic and simple roles, and it was the first time that such a character was presented.
For his part, Ibrahim al-Musharkh, who played the character of Mansour Qassem, pointed out that his character is complex and difficult, and he did not expect to play the same throughout his career. He noted that what distinguishes the work to present a military figure in the UAE army is the presence of the various terms used by the actors, which required an effort to get used to. He considered his participation in the film an honor for him, expressing the rich experience of working with an international director, which contributed to the provision of a professional film through his management of the actors.
The role of the engineer is played by actor Mohammed Ahmed Al Hammadi, who considered that the human story is the most prominent feature of the film, especially that they, as actors, met with the soldiers who faced the ambush and talked to them about the smallest details they faced, noting that they underwent strenuous military and sports exercises two weeks before the start of acting.
He noted that the effects that the audience sees in the film are realistic, as they are not composite, and were achieved by using very high techniques to give realistic scenes.
On the other hand, Hussein Saeed Salem played the role of Abdullah Zeyoudi, and noted that he is distinguished by being the sacrificial person who sought to convey his voice to the world, considering that through this work the workers will enter the homes of Emiratis.
He pointed out that acting carried many influential situations, during filming, tears were shed, affected by the many human situations that it carried. He believed that this film is different from all the films that were presented in the past, as it is an opportunity waiting for all those who worked in the film, and it will open doors for all nationalities to present similar works.
Mansour considered the film, which played the character of Colonel Jamal Al Khatiri (Commander of Operations), that it will lead to a qualitative shift in Emirati cinema in particular, and Gulf cinema in general, stressing that the script and dialogue do not bear much work as much as conveying the story and acting, and for this the actors met with the soldiers to present the work. With the utmost emotion.
He added, “I was a former conscript and I underwent military training three times, so it was easy for me to be in the movie, while the training was hard for a group of actors.”
Khalifa Al-Jassem presented the role of agent Bilal Al-Saadi, who is the leader of one of the groups who were on the mission, and a close friend of the martyr Ali Al-Mismari, and pointed out that the experience is his first in the cinema, after his experience in theater and drama, noting that working in the cinema is completely different, as Spontaneity is one of the main things that convey the feeling to the viewer.
He stressed that the challenges in the film were very great, and the soldiers who attended the premiere in Abu Dhabi praised the acting performance.
He considered the film a stop for all who participated in it, wishing to continue presenting more huge works.
French director Pierre Morel spoke to “Emirates Today” about the experience of directing a film in Arabic, and said: “Of course, an experience that brought many challenges in the beginning, especially since I do not speak Arabic, but it was interesting, and it took me a little time to understand the dialect.” As well as the tone in which they speak, which highlights the feelings in the true direction.”
He stressed that his lack of familiarity with the Arabic dialect made him use music as a primary reference in the work, in order to manage the actors, especially since he does not know the meaning of the words literally, but he knows the details of the story and events. He noted that the film is primarily humane, without denying the documentary and national Emirati aspect present in it, but the human story triumphs in it, and this is what makes it touch anyone who watches it.
He believed that what is being said about the shift in cinema from this film means that he has completed his mission as a director to the fullest, pointing out that there is a rule that allows for such productions in the future, and he is happy to present similar experiences in the Emirates.
• “Al Kamin” presented the audience with a cinematic experience that is considered the first of its kind in the Arab world and the region.