Egypt I 2015 I Arabic dialogue with English subtitles l 110 min
Tunisia, summer 2011. A holiday in the South of the country ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year old son Aziz, when Aziz is accidentally shot in an ambush. His injury will change their lives, as Aziz needs a liver transplant, which leads to the discovery of a long-buried secret. Will Aziz and their relationship survive?
Director: Mehdi M. Barsaoui
Writer: Mehdi M. Barsaoui
Cast: Sami Bouajila, Najla Ben Abdallah, Youssef Khemiri, Noomen Hamda, Qasim Rawane, Slah Msaddak, Mohamed Ali Ben Jemaa
DOP: Antoine Héberlé
Producer: Habib Attia, Marc
Irmer, Chantal Fischer
Born in 1984 and raised in Tunisia, Mehdi M. Barsaoui is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Multimedia Arts of Tunis and holds a degree in film direction from DAMS in Bologna, Italy. He has directed three short-films to date. His most recent, “We’re Just Fine Like This”, won the Golden Muhr for Best Film in Dubai in 2016. His international career begins with “A Son”, his debut feature-length film, officially selected for the Venice International Film Festival.
Egyptian drama Nawara to open 6th Malmö Arab Film Festival
The Egyptian drama Nawara by director Hala Khalil will open the 6th Malmö Arab Film Festival on September 30. The awarded and celebrated film, starring Egyptian actress Menna Shalabi, has been screened at festivals worldwide and will have its Swedish premiere at the festival. The opening screening will be held at Cinema Royal in Malmö with director Hala Khalil present.
Nawara chronicles the aftermath of the Tahrir Square revolution on a young woman who works as a maid for Egypt’s elite, and suddenly finds herself at the center of Egypt’s social intrigues,. Egyptian star Menna Shalabi is playing the role of Nawara, for which she was awarded as Best Actress at Dubai International Film Festival in December 2015.
Hala Khalil has been described as one of the bright new voices in the Egyptian cinema, and will be present in Malmö during the festival. Nawara will be a part of the Official Competition for Feature films.