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Made-in-UAE film debuts at festival.

Abu Dhabi: As UAE's supernatural thriller Djinn made its premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Friday night, the spooky bits were not limited to the silver screen.

The stars had their own set of scary tales to share as they walked the red carpet.

"I fell into depression after the film. So it was a tough film but it made me a stronger as a person and tackle the world of djinns and not be afraid," said Razane Jammal, its leading lady.

Djinn, produced by Abu Dhabi-based production company Image Nation and directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre legend Tobe Hooper, was launched in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival and took more than two years to create.

It's a story of a young Emirati couple who move into their home in Ras Al Khaimah and discover that their neighbours were strange.

Actor Saoud Al Kbi, whose credit includes City Of Life, said director Hooper had witnessed strange things on the sets that compelled him to believe in djinns.

"We felt the djinns around us. We shot in the place that we know that djinns had conquered. The director did not believe in djinns. But when he took a still camera and took shots of the island, he saw a girl without legs that appeared as a ghost in pictures. After that he believed that djinns really existed," he said.

Meanwhile the other actors were relieved that Djinn is finally ready for theatrical release.

"We are excited to see the movie because I never thought it was going to see daylight. It has been two-and-a-half years since we filmed it," said Milica Radunovic, who plays an evil being in the thriller.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Oct 26, 2013
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