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The Egyptian Film ‘Photocopy” makes it to London

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The Egyptian Film “Photocopy” made it to London and is set to screen on the 13th of December, the movie was first premiered at the Gouna Film Festival and was awarded the Golden Star for Best Arabic Feature Narrative Film. 

The film is written by Haitham Dabbour, directed by Tamer Ashry and starred Mahmoud Hemeida, Sherine Reda, Farah Youssef, Aly Tayeb and Ahmed Dash, among others.

The plot revolves around an elder man who led a normal life as a data-entry typist in a governmental job and was never married. When he decides to retire early and opens a photocopy shop, his life takes a new turn and he manages to change the depressing reality of his lifestyle. 

Dabbour explains that the movie tackles issues that concern the elderly and thus opening new topics that were portrayed in the Egyptian cinema, he also added that it was challenging for him to try and maintain high artistic sides and still make it entertaining for the audience. But it’s fair to say that he successfully achieved that; seeing how the script got nominated for the Sawiris Cultural Awards, and it should be praised for he has been working on it since 2013. 

Hopefully the film can create more hits during its screening in London and generate more admiration not only to the script, but to the overall work of the crew that will reflect the Egyptian creativity in filmmaking. 

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Egyptian DOP Ahmed Al Morsy Wins Two Awards From the Australian Cinematography Society

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Egyptian DOP Ahmed Al Morsy has won two prestigious awards from the Australian Cinematography Society (ACS) and with that, marking his third win in a row and bringing his total number of awards to nine since he joined as a member back in 2017.

Al-Morsy received the Golden Award of Corporate Branding and Advertising for his video “Same Great Feelings,” which he also directed for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt. He also won the Silver Award of John Bowring for Breaks and Promos for the Egyptian TV Channel Identity, where he used Ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.

This win brings his total number of both international and regional awards to 22! An honorable achievement that he managed to do in the past 10 years.

These awards were granted for a number of his work including: Messages From The Sea (2010), The Party (2013), The Blue Elephant (2014), The Originals (2017), Diamond Dust (2018), and Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers, which generated more than EGP 102 million, making it the highest grossing film in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Al Morsy is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC).

His latest work is the movie Al Aref: Awdat Younis, directed by Ahmad Alaa Aldeeb and starring Ahmed Ezz, the movie will release soon in cinemas.

 

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Bassem Youssef is Making His Comeback to Arabic TV

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Comedian Bassem Youssef is making a comeback to the Arab television very soon with the newly launched channel ‘Al-Sharq News,’ which is owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG).

This time, Bassem Youssef isn’t making his return as the sarcastic, witty presenter we got used to but instead, he will rely on his medical experience to advise and guide the audience on the benefits of plant-based diets for health.

More details are yet to be announced soon about the programme, but what we know is that the channel will also feature programmes hosted by Moataz Al-Demerdash, Zina Al-Yazji, Rasha Al-Khatib, Saad Zaghloul and Muhammad Fathy. All of which are part of its plan in becoming a new multi-platform Arabic news service. 

The channel will combine its content with the latest technical features that are used for the very first time in the region.

We can’t wait for Youssef’s comeback and are eager to see the promising work of the channel.

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Egyptian Short Film ‘Yellow’ Wins Best Cut Award at Cinefem Festival Internacional

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The Egyptian independent short film entitled ‘Yellow’ won the best cut award at Cinefem Festival Internacional de Cine de la Mujer that was held in Uruguay.

The festival was held on November 2nd in Uruguay and ‘Yellow’ was the only Arab film submitted in the festival, it stars the talented Passant Shawky and is directed by Mahitab Ayoub.

 

The movie, which is written by Rawiah Ismail Abdallah, tells the story of a woman who takes care of her father. It follows her struggle in looking after him, especially that he suffers from Alzheimer and is at a severe stage, at which he can’t remember his own daughter. She does everything in her power to remind him of all the things they shared together.

“For a subtle approach to a relentless disease, for a portrait that at the moment reaches amazing maturity, not exempt from fine humor and an endearing character.” The credits for the movie said.

Also worth mentioning is that the movie was shot in only one day! Something that required too much work and planning, but the results were completely worth it.

“Yellow” first premiered in Malmo Arab Film Festival last October, and will be screened in Cairo International Film Festival in December.

 

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