Adel Imam to the Oscars
Egyptian comedian actor Adel Imam’s latest film “Imarit Ya’qoubain” (Ya’qoubain’s Building) has been nominated by the Ministry of Culture to represent Egypt in the 2007 Oscars Awards ceremony.
It is the second Egyptian film, in the past three years, (to be considered for the Oscars, the first being “Sahar Al Laiali” (Up All Night). The ministry revealed that the film was chosen among 33 different films because it truly reflects Egyptian life.
“Imarit Ya’qoubain” was screened at the Berlin Film Festival last February in the Panorama section of the festival along with 20 other films from around the world. Few Egyptian films have been featured in the festival, the most notable being “Alexandria Why” by prominent director Yousif Shahin in 1979.
The real life tenants of the building Amarit Ya’koubain, refused to allow the cast of the new film, named after the popular building, to shoot any of the scenes inside the building. The tenants even ordered the doorman to refuse any of the cast entrance to the premises.
The tenants claimed the film was insulting to them, portraying them as indecent people. The cast of the film denied, stating that the film features different aspects of social life that exist everywhere.
Scenarist Waheed Hamid garnered some of the most prominent names of the Egyptian cinema for the film, like Nour El Sharif, Summaya Al Khashab and Yusra.
The film is based on the novel by Dr. Alaa’ Al Aswani. The plot centers on fighting corruption, Adel plays the role of a high ranking official who is suspect.
On a different note, Imam has apologized to producers of the film “Tabakh Al Ra’ees” (The President’s Cook), after declining to take a leading role alongside actor Tal’at Zakaria.
The film tells the story of a President and his relationship with his cook, who acts as his friend and confidant. According to the London based weekly, Laha, Adel turned down of the role since he is preoccupied with another film.