After its award-winning global tour, will 'Clash' get the same reception in Egypt?

Published July 12th, 2016 - 08:49 GMT
Nelly Karim in Clash (Eshtebak), written and directed by Mohamed Diab. (Cannes Film Festival)
Nelly Karim in Clash (Eshtebak), written and directed by Mohamed Diab. (Cannes Film Festival)

Mohamed Diab's film Clash (Eshtebak), which saw its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last May, is set to be released across Egypt's cinemas starting Wednesday 27 July. 

Film Clinic unveiled the official 97-second trailer which features a police truck containing pro- and anti-government protesters from different political backgrounds, shows their interactions toward each other inside the truck and the clashes outside it.

Produced in 2016, co-written by Khaled Diab and Mohamed Diab, who also serves as director, the film is a co-production between France, Egypt, Germany, and the UAE.

Clash explores the confrontations between pro and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators that emerged following the removal of president Mohamed Morsi from power on 3 July 2013.

Most of the film's events take place inside the eight-meter long police truck crammed with detainees representing different sects of society. Their interactions with each other are full of madness, violence, romance, and comedy.

"The film portrays a very real and tense situation that brings out the worst and best of humanity,” Diab revealed to Variety in 2014.

The cast includes Nelly Karim, Tarek Abd El Aziz, Hany Adel, Ahmed Malek, Ashraf Hamdi, Mohamed Abdel Azim, Gamil Barsoum and others.

The film premiered at the Un Certain Regard section at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter selected Clash as one of the 10 best films at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Internet Movie Database describes the award-winning Diab as a writer and director whose work centered on pressing issues concerning Egyptian society.

Diab wrote the scripts of several well-known Egyptian films, including El-Gezira 1 and 2 (2007 and 2014) and Decor (2014), among others.

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