14 June 2024

Netflix Start Production On Sally El Hosaini’s The Swimmers

Netflix and Working Title announce the start of production of The Swimmers directed by Sally El Hosaini.

The Swimmers tells the true story of swimming sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini’s miraculous journey as refugees from war-torn Syria, all the way to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The film will be helmed by Welsh Egyptian director/writer, Sally El Hosaini, whose last film My Brother the Devil (2013) premiered at Sundance Film Festival winning the World Cinema Cinematography: Dramatic prize before securing El Hosaini the Best British Newcomer prize at the BFI London Film Festival and Best European Film at Berlinale.

The roles of Yusra and Sarah Mardini will be played by Lebanese actresses and real life sisters, Manal and Nathalie Issa. They will be joined by Ahmed Malek, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ali Suliman, Kinda Alloush, James Krishna Floyd, Elmi Rashid Elmi.

The Swimmers will start production this week shooting in UK, Turkey and Belgium and is slated for release on Netflix globally in 2022.

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