‘Imarit Ya’qoubain’ returns to Tunisia

Published October 2nd, 2006 - 03:26 GMT

The successful film “Imarit Ya’qoubain” (Ya’qoubain’s Building), screened at the 2006 Carthage International Festival in Tunisia, has returned once again to cinema houses around the Tunisian capital.


According to the London based Elaph, the night the film was screened, a was held festival including a concert by American singer Mariah Carey.


The film, which stars Egyptian comedian actor Adel Imam 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.

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