Post Production Film Projects

The Life and Times of Omar Sharif

Sweden, Egypt, The United Kingdom / Arabic, English, French / 90 min 0 sec


Director: Mark Lotfy, Axel Petersen

Producer: Sigrid Helleday



The film depicts Omar Sharif’s life, the hundreds of characters he played, in film and in real life and the changing political landscapes of Egypt and Hollywood, the East and the West, channeled through glitz, glamour and gambling, via playboy ideals and post-colonial ideas. Omar’s larger than life obituary becomes a projection surface in order to tell something about the world of today focusing on themes of nationalism, propaganda, geopolitics and religious extremism, all questioning his enigmatic image and inconceivable destiny; once the most famous Egyptian outside of Egypt, now suppressed from the Egyptian consciousness.



Mark Lotfy: 

An Alexandrian director-producer.He established ‘FIG LEAF’ Studios and produced award-winning and officially selected films in renowned festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Karlovy Vary film festival, and BFI. Mark established with fellows an Independent Documentary Film School Cinedelta creating opportunities for young filmmakers through exchanges with international film experts.

Axel Petersen:

Axel Petersen is a visual artist and filmmaker who has made a variety of fiction features and documentaries, video and photo installations; exhibiting in galleries, institutions, film festivals and cinemas worldwide. Axel’s latest feature THE REAL ESTATE (2018), co-directed with Måns Månsson, had its world premiere in Competition at the Berlinale



Sigrid Helleday:

Sigrid Helleday, Swedish producer based in Stockholm. Sigrid’s first fiction feature as main producer gained great recognition, premiering in Competition at Berlinale 2018. Her experiences include several international fiction & documentary co-productions with countries as the US, UK, France, Holland & Egypt.