THE FACT POLISH picture 365 Days has enjoyed number one status across the majority of Netflix’s ‘most watched’ lists around the world should have tipped us off, but it wasn’t until lead actor, Michele Morrone, visited our city did the magnitude of this picture really make itself felt.
The furore surrounding his landing in the UAE last month was virtually unprecedented. Such is the clamour for any association with the breakout hit, we had communications from all over the region pleading for any information on Morrone’s whereabouts and/or contact details, to which we could never respond. His stopover passed relatively peacefully.
To deem the Italian’s sojourn the movie’s sole connection with these shores, however, would be incorrect. In one of 365 Days’ most memorable sequences, protagonist Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) can be seen wearing a distinctive pink robe adorned with a skull design on the back. Officially called: ‘365 Days’ Romantic Skull – Tribal Kimono, the garment was proudly made in Dubai and has since gone on to become one of local design company Mystique Beach’s best sellers.
“I am extremely grateful that they chose one of our kimonos for Laura, in what was probably the longest scene in the movie,” founder Edyta Kochanowska-Holc told City Times. Initially a jewellery brand, Mystique was created by the Polish national who was living in Abu Dhabi in 2012. The firm later evolved into Mystique Beach when she began designing her own line of handmade kimonos, and the business moved to Jumeirah Lakes Towers.