Two considerations need to exist side by side when discussing “The Wedding
,” the debut feature of Egyptian-American multihyphenate Sam Abbas
. One involves the film itself, a dull slice of Lower Manhattan mumblecore about a heterosexual New York couple fitfully planning their wedding until she discovers his gay dalliance. The other, getting the lion’s share of attention, is focused on Abbas’ company ArabQ Films
, which apparently is incorporated in Egypt, but given its mission to produce queer-themed movies, can only operate virtually in the country’s increasingly authoritarian and state-sanctioned, virulently homophobic polity. How the company can function, and whether the films it produces can properly be categorized as Egyptian (doubtful), are questions that must be raised in tandem with any treatment of “The Wedding
” itself, now on a tiny release in New York and unlikely to get much traction elsewhere.
The film’s lack of originality goes beyond its