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Emirati actor’s passion and dedication shine in new thriller
By A Staff Reporter May 04, 2018
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DUBAI: Tariq Alkazim is set to release his new thriller feature Until Midnight with award winning cast in Dubai on June 21.

After wooing the crowd with his acting ability during the Arab Casting in 2015 and recently creating a flutter across social media with his impromptu onstage marriage proposal, Emirati actor Ahmed Khamis has been hogging a fair share of media spotlight lately.

Speaking of spotlight, Khamis is cast in a lead role by Emirati director Tariq Alkazim in his new thriller Until Midnight along with upcoming Nigerian actor Chuka Ekweogwu, Syrian actor Heba Al Hamwi as well as Sudanese actor Rik Aby and Algerian actor Merouane Ali.

The release of Until Midnight in Dubai is a celebration of the Emirati culture of nurturing local artists and their art. The lead role by Ahmed Khamis Ali in the film is a huge inspiration to aspiring actors in the UAE landscape given that he had lost his parents while still an infant and raised in a foster home at the Dar Zayed for Family Care, founded by His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founder of the UAE. He was recognised for his gift for acting at an early age of 9. His first acting performance was in front of the Sheikhs at the Armed Forces Officers Club back in 2003. Since then, there has been no looking back for Ahmed. His acting career seriously took off in a talent show Arab Casting, which was aired on Abu Dhabi TV in 2015, and he has inspired the Arab World by his story. Before “Until Midnight”, he has acted in one other feature film - Shghaltna Arjantenia (Argentinian Maid).

Until Midnight is a gripping tale of nightmares turning into reality.The story follows Salem (Ahmed Khamees Ali) who is back home from a long trip and looking forward to a quiet time with his newlywed wife when things start getting ugly. To begin with, Salem finds playing cards pieces strewn around the house.

He soon realises there’s a countdown in the number on each piece as if someone was making a count of a ghastly event that was bound to take place. His suspicion about not being alone in the house takes precedence when he spots a masked, sword-wielding intruder (Chuka Ekweogwu). What could have got the intruder in the house? What does he want? Is he after something? Before solving these riddles, Salem must make sure to escape unhurt and be with his wife but soon learns that it’s not going to be that easy.

Post his stellar performance in Alkazim’s A Tales Of Shadows, in Until Midnight, Chuka Ekweogwu dons the role of the intruder with mean intentions delivered through exceptional skills of a method actor. Having previously worked in some of Alkazim’s short films and Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood, and Independent Films, Ekweogwu brings to the table a rich quality acting that outstanding talent and casting agencies/companies throughout the United Arab Emirates ascribe to. He is the first Nigerian actor to feature on films made in the UAE for the second time. Directed by the brilliant Emirati director Tariq Ahmed Alkazim, the film explores the psychology of intruders and takes the audience on a journey to experience situations where they might find themselves in through a gripping and crafty storytelling. “Extensive research from true events involving intruders has gone into making of the film. The idea was to give audience the experience to be in the place of the victim,” says Alkazim.

What sets Until Midnight apart from other thriller movie plots, is perhaps the emotional intensity that it packs. Rather than scaring the audience with jump-scare antics, the gravity of the film is based on the power of drama. Often times, humans unwittingly experience a sense of alienation and feels uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. Until Midnight strives to personify that very feeling through its protagonist Salem. However, the film is not only a journey through a fearful situation but sends a strong message about intrusion and personal privacy.

Alkazim utilises his personal experiences to delve into the human psychology and come up with fantastical situations that can simply blow your mind.
 

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