Brides 1 Safiyya Ingar Ebada Hassan

‘Great 8’ 2024: Neon Films’ BRIDES Included in the Line Up of British Titles Set for Cannes Market

The BFI is once again heading to the Cannes Market with its so-called Great 8 — a selection of projects from first and second-time filmmakers that it will present to international buyers. 

Now in its seventh year, the 2024 Great 8 showcase is funded and produced by the BFI and the British Council, with support from the Great Britain & Northern Ireland campaign, BBC Film, and Film4. 

BRIDES

UK/Italy

Drama

Director: Nadia Fall

Writer: Suhayla El-Bushra

Producers:  Nicky Bentham, Marica Stocchi

Cast:  Ebada Hassan, Safiyya Ingar, Yusra Warsama, Cemre Ebuzziya, Aziz Capkurt

Production: Neon Films, Rosamont, BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Bankside Films, MIC, FVG Audiovisual Fund and ieie productions

Sales: Bankside Films

Synopsis – 15-year-olds Doe and Muna are going on the trip of a lifetime. Quiet, watchful Doe hasn’t gone anywhere since arriving in the UK as a refugee at the age of three from Somalia. Badass Muna, of Pakistani heritage, is the dominant force. As she leads Doe through airport security, the girls are giddy and hysterical but their mood changes as soon as their flight is announced. These girls are not going on holiday, but to Istanbul, to be met by a stranger who will take them to the border to start a new life in Syria. Disaster strikes when their chaperone doesn’t show up, but they form a new plan to continue their journey alone, testing their resolve, their faith and their friendship.  As we discover the experiences that led them here, the girls get ever closer to their destination, so must confront the reality of their futures.