Gaya Jiji's 'Belle du Jour'-inspired 'My Favourite Fabric' begins shoot

Gaya Jiji's 'Belle du Jour'-inspired 'My Favourite Fabric' begins shoot

Manal Issa stars as woman who embarks on journey of self-discovery in brothel in revolutionary Damascus.

Syrian filmmaker Gaya Jiji’s long-gestated drama My Favourite Fabric, about a young woman’s voyage of self-discovery in a Damascus brothel on the eve of Syria’s civil war, has started shooting in Istanbul.

Set against the Syrian capital in the spring of 2011, the feature revolves around 25-year-old Nahla, a young woman who feels stifled by her humdrum life.

An arranged marriage to Us-based Syrian expat Samir offers a ticket to a new existence but he unexpectedly he selects her younger sister, the more docile Myriam, to be his bride.

Following Samir’s rejection, Nahla strikes-up a friendship with a new neighbour, Madame Jiji. This mysterious figure, she discovers, runs a brothel. Fascinated by this environment, Nahla embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

”Belle Du Jour was a source of an inspiration,” says Jiji referring to Luis Bunuel’s 1967 classic

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