Tappan, New York....Janson Media today announced that The Letter Writer is releasing on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland on Valentine's Day February 14th. The film is available free to Prime Video subscribers, and may be purchased or rented in the USA and the UK. On JANSON.tv the film will be available to stream for free, worldwide.
The debut feature from singer-songwriter Layla Kaylif, set in 1965 in the British protectorate trucial state of Dubai, The Letter Writer tells the story of a young precocious Arab nationalist boy, working his summers away as a professional letter writer and translator, transcribing letters into classical Arabic for local illiterates. One day the boy is approached by an Indian gentleman who has become infatuated with a local English woman and wishes to correspond with her. He shows a photograph of the woman to the teen, who promptly falls head over heels in love with her himself. He sets about learning English so he can write the love letters on behalf of his new customer, which leads him on his very own adventure of love, loss and awakening with every word he writes.
The historical romance features Rosy McEwen, star of the critically acclaimed Blue Jean and Netflix's The Alienist, and the debut performance from Eslam Al Kawarit.
Writer and director Layla Kaylif is a singer, songwriter and filmmaker of English/Arab descent. She read Arabic at Oxford University. While there, she developed an interest in music and soon after signed a recording deal with Edel Records, which produced the worldwide hit Shakespeare in Love.
Ms. Kaylif won the IWC Filmmakers Award for her original screenplay of The Letter Writer at the Dubai International Film Festival. The film was part of the Official Selection for Best Foreign Feature Fiction at the Lebanese Independent Film Festival, and in 2020 it was chosen as part of Film London's Breakthrough Strand for emerging British filmmakers.
Speaking about the film, Kaylif said: "I can't imagine there's a better time than now for my film to be released, its penultimate message being we don't need (another) leader; what we need is love."
Watch the trailer for the film here.
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