Cello Screened at Saudi Cinemas as First Saudi Horror Movie with International Standards

Riyadh, September 21, 2023, SPA — Saudi cinemas began the screening of the horror and thriller movie Cello, with global participation of stars from the US, England, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Syria, which comes from the first novel released in 2021 by Chairman of General Authority for Entertainment, Advisor Turki Al Al-Sheikh, with the same title.
The movie takes place in a context of mystery and terror when Nasser, the cellist, plays an abnormal piece of music that upends his quiet life and threatens his life and that of his family, during which the ambitious cellist learns that his cello cost is more insidious than he thought.
In a post on X platform, Al Al-Sheikh, the writer of the movie Cello, announced that the movie achieved the largest opening in the history of Saudi cinema with total tickets of 53,103, pointing out that the movie’s stars are Saudis, Gulf, Arabs and international actors, stressing that 60% of the cast are from Saudi Arabia.
The Oscar-winning worldwide actor Tobin Bell, Samer Ismail, Jeremy Irons, Mila Al-Zahrani, Muhanad Al-Hamdi, and Elham Ali feature in Cello, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. The movie was filmed in several locations in Saudi Arabia and Prague in the Czech Republic. Produced by Envision Media Art’s Lee Nelson, the film is executive produced by Sultan Al Muheisen and Niko Ruokosuo for Alamiya and David Tish (The Ice Road, Mr Church) for Envision Media Arts. The film was financed by Rozam Media., which also owns all rights to the film.
Al Al-Sheikh, in a previous post on X, said that the preparation of the movie Cello took two years of writing, communication and diving into the world of cinema. It took eight weeks to shoot, and 70% of the film was filmed in Saudi Arabia between Riyadh, Dhurma and AlUla and 30% in Europe by a Saudi national company. Over 200 Saudi nationals trained in photography assistance were taught by the most renowned directors, photography managers, makeup, clothing and design industry professionals. The film will be dubbed into seven languages and screened in cinemas worldwide and on several digital platforms.
Cello is now being screened in several cinemas across the Kingdom.
18:20 Local Time 15:20 GMT