Netflix is set to release The Swimmers this year in an effort to expand its library of content inspired by true stories.
The Swimmers will tell the story of two Syrian sisters who fled their war-torn home in Damascus and had to swim in choppy Mediterranean seas as asylum seekers to reach the Greek island of Lesbos before competing in the pool at the Rio Olympic Games.
Sally El Hosaini, whose credits include Babylon, My Brother the Devil, and The Fifth Bowl, directs the film.
El Hosaini also collaborated with Enola Holmes screenwriter Jack Thorne on the script for The Swimmers.
Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, along with Ali Jaafar and Tim Cole, produce the film.
Stephen Daldry is also executive producing. According to industry experts, The Swimmers is one of Netflix’s top Oscar contenders for 2023.
The BBFC has given the film a 15 rating, and while it is primarily in English, it also includes Arabic.
The Swimmers tells the story of the Mardini sisters’ journey, who nearly drowned while fleeing war-torn Syria.
He said his final farewell to Jack in a tearful scene before getting on the coach.
The film, which was shot in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Turkey in 2021, is set to premiere on September 8th at the Toronto Film Festival 2022, but the Netflix release date is still unknown.