About that Life / De Libi

A film by

the Netherlands | 102" | 06/2019 | fiction

About That Life is a comical portrait about three young suburban friends, whom we follow around Amsterdam over the course of 24 hours. The three do everything they can to get inside the famous nightclub ‘Jimmy Woo’ that evening in order to prove their worth in life. A film about indomitable zest for life and dreams of a future full of possibilities. About three boys who do all they can to be noticed by the rest of the world.

Shady El-Hamus


Shady El-Hamus (1988) is an award-winning director and screenwriter. He graduated from the Dutch Film Academy in 2012 and was named one of the three directing talents of 2018 by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. He wrote Sam de Jong’s award-winning graduation film Magnesium and his own film Over Zonen, with Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin, Murder on the Orient Express) in the leading role. In 2012 Magnesium won the award for Best Student Film at the Dutch Film Festival and was selected for many international festivals, including Sundance. Shady received the Dioraphte Award for Most Outstanding Student. After his graduation Shady went on to study at the National Film and Television School in England. In 2015 he took his degree with the film Fairuz, which premiered as part of the main competition at the Dubai International Film Festival. Back in the Netherlands he made the short film Malik and Nachtschade, which was the Dutch entry for the 2018 Academy Awards.


  • About That Life – 2019 – debut feature
  • Malik – 2017 – TV film
  • Bestaan Is Gaan – 2017 – short
  • Nightshade – 2017 – short
  • Fairuz – 2015 – short
  • Home – 2014 – short
  • Seven Months – 2013 -short
  • Sky High – 2013 – short
  • Over Zonen – 2012 – short
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Director: Shady El-Hamus
Screenplay: Jeroen Scholten van Aschat, Shady El-Hamus
Producer: Guusje van Deuren, Rianne Poodt, Harmen Kreulen
Cinematographer: Stephan Polman
Sound: Regard Ibrahim
Sound Recording: Job Michel
Editor: Patrick Schonewille
Composer: Terence Dunn
Production Design: Tim Balk
Costume: Vita Mees
Line Producer: Annely Valk
Cast: Bilal el Mehdi Wahib, Daniël Kolf, Oussama Ahammoud, Hef


  • Nederlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (26 September – 4 October, 2019)
    Forum van Regisseurs & Gouden Kalf Competition
  • São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil (17 – 30 October, 2019)
    New Filmmakers Competition
  • Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia (15 November – 1 December, 2019)
    Just Film
  • J.E.F. Festival, Belgium (15 February – 1 March, 2020)
  • Riviera International Film Festival, Italy (10 – 29 August, 2020)
    Official Competition


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here