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'The Citizen' to Hit Theaters This Summer

May 24, 2013

YellowBrix

"The Citizen," a made-in-Detroit movie about an immigrant from the Middle East who arrives in New York City the day before 9/11, has struck a deal that should bring it to theaters this summer.

Monterey Media has acquired the North American rights for the drama. The deal emerged from Cannes, the French city where the famous film festival and film market are held every May.

The debut feature film by Commerce Township-based director Sam Kadi features a strong cast: Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride"), Khaled Nabawy ("Fair Game"), William Atherton ("Ghostbusters") and Agnes Bruckner, who plays Anna Nicole Smith in "The Anna Nicole Story," which premieres June 29 on Lifetime.

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Near the end of filming in 2011, Kadi described it as a patriotic story that people everywhere would find meaningful.

"It's a perspective and it's an angle that had never been tackled this way," he said.

Kadi, who is making his feature film debut with the drama, congratulated Michigan and all local filmmakers when sharing the news about the Monterey Media deal via e-mail.

The movie is set to reach theaters in late summer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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