Al-Ashiqan (The Lovers) is stars the real life spouses Nour El-Sherif and Boussi. The film is produced by El-Sherif and is his directorial debut.
With the love story of a mature couple as its central focus, the film, scripted by Kawthar Heikal, also deals with several social problems faced by the younger generation.
Alashan Rabina Yehibak (For God’s Love) is a comedy about the repression resulting from the increasing religious fanaticism in Egyptian society.
The film is written and directed by Raafat al-Mihi, and stars several young actors.
As is usual in al-Mihi's satires, the sense of irony fluctuates between subtle witticism to appease the critics, and heavy handed pedantry to please the crowds.
Gahim Taht al-Ard (Hell Underneath) is co-produced by and starring Samir Sabri and Kamal El-Shenawi, Raghda and Ahmed Bedir.
This film poses the problem of the landmines which were planted at al-Alamin during World War II and have never been removed.
The film is directed by Nader Galal who previously collaborated with Sabri in Gahim Taht Al-Maa (Hell Beneath the Sea) and its sequel, both of which the latter also produced.
Leih Khalitni Ahibbak (Why did You Make me Love you?) was the Lesser Bairam's most successful film, and young director Sandra Nashaat's second one.
The film, starring Mona Zaki, Karim Abdel-Aziz, Hala Shiha and Ahmed Helmi, is about a girl whose boyfriend abandons her to marry another, so she plans revenge.
Rashah Gariaa (a Daring Generosity) is a satire of Egyptian cinema in the age of consumerism. It is written by Maher Awwad, after almost 10 years of abandoning the film scene. The film, directed by Said Hamed, is produced by, and also stars Ashraf Abdel-Baqi who plays a simple provincial citizen who heads for the 'the Hollywood of the East' (Cairo) in the hope of pursuing a career as a film star.
Hamed being the director of Saedi Fil Gamaa al-Amrikiya (an Upper-Egyptian at the American University) which is the biggest hit in Egyptian cinema history. The film might be the top grossing film of the season and co-stars Yassmine Abdel-Aziz and Sha'bi song star Shaaban Abdel-Rehim.
Rendezvous stars Fathi Abdel-Wahab, who shot to fame in the comedy “Film Thaqafi” (Cultural Film) about the adventures of trying to watch a porno film and gaining experience with the opposite sex.
The film co-stars Sumaiya El-Khashab, Ahmed Zaher, Khaled Abul-Nagga and Sami El-Adl, and is written by Esam El-Shamaa and directed by Ali Abdel-Khaliq.
Saedi Rayeh Gayy (An Upper-Egyptian Back and Forth) stars Hani Ramzi, who also co-stars in “Saedi Fil Gamaa al-Amrikiya” (An Upper-Egyptian at the American University) and who has recently become a number one funny guy after the success of “Firqat Banat Wa Bas” (An All Girls' Band) which is a carbon-copy of (Some Like It Hot),
The film is directed by Mohamed al-Naggar.
Araq al-Balah (Date Wine, 1999) is written and directed by Radwan al-Kashef, and stars Sherihan and Mohamed Nagati.
The story involves a small desert village where all men are recruited to work in the oil-rich Gulf and only young Ahmed Ali refuses, stays behind and bewitches all the women of the village. Some of the men - impotent to all intents and purposes - return to the village, the others having either disappeared or died, and they conspire to murder him.
Although the film stirred up a controversy two years ago, it won almost unanimous critical acclaim at the Locarno Film Festival and became one of the few Egyptian films available to film academies and archives world-wide.
Locally critics condemned it for having a negative view of Egyptian culture while distributors gave it the minor public exposure of a one-week release.
However, Araq al-Balah was awarded six prizes at the Fifth National Festival for Egyptian Cinema (NFEC): best film, best director, best screenplay (written by El-Kashef), best actress (Sherihan), best cinematography (Tarek El-Tilmisani) and best editing (Rashida Abdel-Salam).
Enthusiastically received by many critics, some of whom described it as one of the most important Egyptian films of the decade, Date Wine bagged 10 international prizes before finally being released in Egypt.
(Source: Compiled Press Reports)
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