By Neil Halligan
The Irishman will be released in the Gulf region on November 27, same as global launch
One of the most anticipated films of the year, The Irishman, will not have a theatrical release in the Gulf region, and will instead be available for viewers when it’s available globally on November 27.
The only theatrical releases for the Martin Scorsese film in the Middle East and North Africa is at the Cairo Film Festival, where it will be have its regional premiere and the Marrakech Film Festival.
"Our members’ subscriptions fund all Netflix content and we believe that for the most part they should be able to watch the content they’ve funded when it becomes available," a Netflix spokesperson said.
"In some cases, we do make our films available in a limited number of theatres for a few weeks in advance - or necessary to qualify for awards. As the last couple of years have shown, Netflix and theatres can thrive alongside each other. In the Middle East and North Africa, we are screening the Irishman at select film festivals, including the Cairo Film Festival and the Marrakech Film Festival."
The film, which stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, is described as an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.
Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), and offers a journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
The Irishman had its world premiere at the 57th New York Film Festival on September 27, this year and received a limited theatrical release on November 1, 2019.