The administration of the 56th International Berlin Film Festival has notified the production company of the Egyptian film “Imarit Ya’qoubain” (Ya’qoubain’s Building) of its official decision to screen the film in the Panorama section of the festival along with 20 other films from around the world.
This decision demonstrates the of the superior quality of the film, which features some of Egypt’s most notable actors like Adel Imam, Nour El Sharif and Yusra.
Its appearance at the festival will be the first international screening of the film, which is scheduled to be released in Egyptian cinema houses this summer. The Berlin festival will take place in mid-February.
According to the London based Elaph, 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 claim the film is in an insult to them, portraying them as indecent people. The cast of the film has denied that the film insults them in any way, stating that the film features different aspects of social life that exists everywhere.
Scenarist Waheed Hamid garnered some of the most prominent names of the Egyptian cinema for the film, based on the novel by Dr. Alaa’ Al Aswani. The list of actors includes Summaya Al Khashab, Laila Elwi, Hind Sabri, Ahmad Rateb, and Ahmad Budair.
The last addition to the film was Yusra. Director Marwan Hamed, the film is his first directing experience, and Waheed were able to convince Yusra to join the cast of the film after extensive negotiations. Marwan is Waheed Hamid’s son.
The plot of the film is about fighting corruption, and Adel plays the role of a high ranking official who is suspect.
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