Saudi romantic comedy to premier at Florence-based film festival

Barakah meets Barakah will debut at a Florence-based art and film festival next month

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The first romantic comedy ever shot in Saudi Arabia, Barakah meets Barakah, will debut at a Florence-based art and film festival next month.

The romantic comedy by Saudi filmmaker Mahmoud Sabbagh will be among other films featured at Middle East Now -- an international film, art and music festival.

The film tells the story of a funny and improbable municipal agent who falls in love with a beautiful unpredictable famous Instagram video blogger.

The quirky comedy will be featured along with more than 40 films to premier at the Florence-based festival.

Middle East Now will kick off on April 5 to tell the story of one of the world’s ‘hottest’ regions through the lens of artists and filmmakers.

The festival’s seventh edition will see directors, artists, photographers, musicians, great chefs, and illustrators reveal to audiences their most intimate and secret emotions, dreams and desires.

The theme of the 2016 festival -- "Live & Love Middle East" -- will focus on Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Iran, and Turkey.

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