Ports of Call is based on Lebanese-French writer and Académie Française member Amin Maalouf's best-seller. The story follows two ill-fated lovers who fall for each other in Paris during WWII. Ossyane is an Ottoman prince with a Muslim upbringing, while Clara is a Jewish freedom fighter from Vienna. The doomed pair are ultimately torn apart by the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.
Ports of Call is being produced by Ron Senkowski and Samira Kawas through their Dubai/LA-based Symply Entertainment. Danis Tanovic's most recent film is Tigers, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. About taking on Ports of Call, he says:
"[I'm] fed up with people killing in the name of difference... The whole bloody world is going 100 miles an hour toward a wall and nobody is doing anything about it."
Translated into over 40 languages, Ports of Call has sold over six million copies. The movie will be shot in Malta, France and Turkey, and will be told in the French language, with some Arabic, Hebrew, and English included.