A few days after winning the Bronze Prize for Best Artistic Contribution at the 8th Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Dreamaway by Egyptian director Marouan Omara and German director Johanna Domke will screen at the 10th Beirut Cinema Days (March 29 - April 6) on Saturday, March 30 at 07:30 PM (GMT+2) at Metropolis Cinema. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Marouan Omara.
Under a partnership between the Beirut Cinema Days and the Lebanese American University (LAU),Dreamaway will have a rerun at the LAU in Beirut on Friday, April 5 at 06:00 PM.
This year's edition is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Beirut Cinema Days. The 10th edition will feature a diverse program of Arab and international films, workshops, and seminars, along with many other off-festival activities that will run throughout 2019 in Beirut and other regions in Lebanon.
Dreamaway enjoyed successful screenings at Zawya Cinema in Cairo that lasted for an entire month. The film was also screened at Zawya Alexandria. Recently, the film took part in the Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival (SAFF). Dreamaway landed its world premiere at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, and had its Arab world premiere at the El Gouna Film Festival within its Official Competition. The film took part in the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) and BFI London Film Festival, along with other international film festivals.
Representing freedom and easy cash, Sharm El Sheikh has long been a dream destination for Egyptian youth. Recently, terror attacks have brought tourism in the resort town to a halt. Dreamaway follows a group of young employees of a luxury hotel compound, where clichés and stereotypes of Western and Oriental cultures clash. This carousel-like experience elevates the youths into a dreamlike state.
Directed by Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke, Dreamaway is produced by Roman Roitman, (Monokel/Germany), Mark Lotfy (Fig Leaf Studio/Egypt) and Arne Birkenstock (Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien/Germany).The film received grants fromthe Doha Film Institute, Arab Fund for the Arts and Culture (AFAC),and is supported by WDR, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, IDFA Bertha Europe Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Berlinale Talents Doc Station Prize, Beirut Cinema Platform andthe Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie Prize. MAD Solutions handles the film's distribution in the Arab world.