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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | The Royal Film Commission – Jordan Organizes a Gala Screening of The Film “Dune” Shot in Jordan


The Royal Film Commission – Jordan Organizes a Gala Screening of
The Film “Dune” Shot in Jordan

Amman, 21 September 2021

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) organized a Gala Screening of “Dune”, directed by Denis Villeneuve, on Monday 20th of September at Taj Cinemas in Amman.

This special event was held under the patronage of Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Chairman of the RFC’s Board of Commissioners, who attended the screening along with Princess Rym Ali, Member of the Board of Commissioners, and in the presence of the Jordanian crew, selected guests, journalists and media representatives.

Adapted from Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name, “Dune” was shot in the Kingdom over 23 days in 2019, specifically in Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba. These dazzling landscapes, which have always served as filming locations for international movies, were best suited to represent parts of the world seen in the film.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said he was delighted by this event: “I am very proud that Jordan hosted the shoot of a world-class film such as ‘Dune’; it was the biggest production of the year, shot in a safe and film-friendly environment, and it is based on a novel that is considered as being the world’s most influential bestselling science-fiction novel. A wide audience from all over the world will be able to watch this film on a big screen and see how the beautiful landscapes of Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba can serve as an other-worldly cinematic experience. Congratulations to all the ‘Dune’ team, the international and local cast and crews who through their hard work brought back such an epic adventure to the silver screen.”

After months of scouting trips and preparations for the shoot, the foreign crew worked with some 400 Jordanians across the various departments.

It is not the first time that the acclaimed director, producer and writer Denis Villeneuve filmed in Jordan. Added to his credits is the Oscar-nominated film “Incendies”, which competed for Best Film in a Foreign Language at the Academy Awards in 2011. “Incendies” was also shot in Jordan.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” had its World Premiere earlier this month at the Venice International Film Festival, where it was highly acclaimed by critics and the audience alike.

“Dune” will be released in cinemas in Jordan as of Thursday 23rd of September 2021.

The RFC offers international, regional and local productions filming in Jordan the benefit of a “Cash Rebate Program”, provided that they meet eligibility criteria.

About “Dune”

Denis Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve and Oscar winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Oscar nominee Mary Parent (“The Revenant”), Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo Jr. produced the film. The executive producers were Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, a Film by Denis Villeneuve, “Dune”. The film is slated to be released in theaters September 23, 2021.

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