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The Infidel
Directed by Josh Appignanesi
Produced by Arvind David
Written by David Baddiel
Starring Omid Djalili
Richard Schiff
Archie Panjabi
Amit Shah
Yigal Naor
Music by Erran Baron Cohen
Studio Slingshot Productions
Met Film Production
Distributed by Revolver
Release date(s) 9th April 2010 (UK)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Infidel is an upcoming feature film from director Josh Appignanesi and is written by David Baddiel. The film is a comedy about a British Muslim (Djalili) who goes through an identity crisis when he discovers he was adopted as a child and born Jewish.[1]

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Plot

The plot follows Mahmud Nasir (Djalili), loving husband, doting father and something of a “relaxed” Muslim. His son (Shah) wishes to get married but to do so the Nasir family must receive the blessing of his fiancée's new Step-Father, an extreme Muslim cleric (Naor).

Trying to act the devout family is made that much more difficult by the revelation that Mahmud was adopted as a baby... and born Jewish - his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz.

As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full scale identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny (Schiff), a drunken Jewish cabbie who agrees to give him lessons in Jewishness, which start with how to dance like Topol. Oy vey.[2]

Production

David Baddiel wrote The Infidel for three reasons. He has "always been a fan of life-swap comedy (Big, Trading Places, etc)", he "think[s] that people are terrified about race and religion, especially issues surrounding Muslims and Jews, and when people are terrified, what they really should do is laugh", and he "love[s] Omid Djalili and his big funny face. [He's] hoping that people recognise that underneath the comedy, the message of the film is one of mutual tolerance: if not, [He's] hoping to find a new identity."[3]

Release

The film will receive a UK release on the 9th April 2010.

References

  1. ^ Catrin Nye (2009-07-23). "Omid Djalili becomes an Infidel". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8114403.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  2. ^ Unknown (2009-07-23). "The Infidel Story". Slingshot Productions. http://infidelmovie.com/#/story/. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  3. ^ David Baddiel (Unknown). "David Baddiel's profile on The Infidel website". Slingshot Productions. http://infidelmovie.com/#/filmmakers/david-baddiel/. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 

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