Screening in Egyptian Theatres for only One Week
Film Clinic Premieres Rags and Tatters with the Presence of Filmmakers and the Film's Cast
Film Clinic held the premiere of its new production Rags and Tatters on Monday, November 18th, 2013, at Nile City cinemas, with the presence of the film's cast and filmmakers along with several celebrities, critics, and intellectuals who were keen on watching this distinctive experience.
Among the celebrities and filmmakers who attended the premiere were: Producer and Scriptwriter Mohamed Hefzy, founder of Film Clinic, Director Ahmed Abdallah, Asser Yassin and Dorra Zarrouk.
Mohamed Hefzy has revealed that the reason behind launching the film in theaters for only one limited week is that the film market is in a recovery phase nowadays after ending the curfew that's been imposed for months last week. He added, "the film is of a special nature and some believe that it unfolds an untraditional narrative experience. I personally think that the audience will enjoy watching the film and maybe having it released for a limited period of time will help draw the attention of the audience who would come to watch it. Of course we wanted to release the film for a longer period in theaters, however the on-going conditions is not making it possible."
Film Clinic has previously revealed that Rags and Tatters will release in eight Egyptian film theaters on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, in Cairo and Alexandria for a one-week limited release.
Written and directed by Ahmed Abdallah, the film unfolds a new experience in Egyptian cinema as the story builds up with minimal dialogue between the characters based on visual narration within a balanced equation of documentation and narration.
The film tells the story of a prison inmate who escapes from jail following the incidents that took place on January 28th, 2011, when police forces were withdrawn from the streets and chaos prevailed. The film stars Asser Yassin who plays the leading role of the fugitive inmate who moves in a number of poor alienated Egyptian districts. On his role in the film, Asser Yassin commented, "I'm very proud to be part of this film. I'm proud that we could challenge all the conditions that surrounded us at that time and give birth to such a piece of work. This film is a positive experience of independent filmmaking; it's independent in every single element it carried". Director Ahmed Abdallah spoke about the incidents of the revolution that take place in the background of the film stating, "I don't think that this film is about the revolution, it's about the conditions that we've been living through since then. Documenting the revolution was not my intention in this film."
Shot on location in Mansheyet Nasser and Old Cairo, the film also stars Amr Abed, Mohamed Mamdouh, Seif Al Aswani, Yara Gobran and Latifa Fahmi.
Rags and Tatters is produced by Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic in co-production with Mashrou', Ahmed Abdallah's new production house formed with Asser Yassin, and Producer and Writer Amr Shama, Scriptwriter of After the Battle film.
A few weeks ago Rags and Tatters won the Golden Antigone prize for the Best Narrative Feature at the 35th Cinemed International Mediterranean Festival of Montpellier in France, which has recently closed on November 2nd, 2013. The prize is of Â€15,000 awarded by the district of Montpellier and a promotional campaign awarded by CINÃ‰+ for the release of the film, in addition to Â€2,500 in technical services awarded by Titra Film to the distributor.
Simultaneously, the film took part at the Narrative Features Competition within the 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and participated in the BFI London Film Festival, making it the only Arab film competing in the official competition this year. Rags and Tatters had its world premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival, in Canada, one of the world's most prestigious film events.
Ahmed Abdallah started his career as a Film Editor in several films, the most distinctive of which is Ain Shams. In 2010, he presented his directorial debut Heliopolis, which tells the story of a group of people living in Heliopolis, Cairo. Abdallah also directed Microphone, which is about independent music productions and underground art scene in the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Starring Khaled Abul Naga, Hani Adel, and Youssra Al Louzi, the film premiered in Egypt in January 26th, 2011, coinciding with the second day of the revolution at that time. Both of the two films were screened in previous installments of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Recently, Ahmed Abdallah's Microphone placed the 95th among the 100 Most Important Arab Films listed in Cinema of Passion: Dubai International Film Festival. Released by Dubai International Film Festival and supported by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA), the book is considered the first reference book of its kind in the Arab world.
Film Clinic will release Rags and Tatters in the following theaters in Cairo | Americana Plaza in 6 October, Galaxy Mall of Arabia in 6 October, Bandar in Maadi, Nile City in Corniche El Nil Down Town, Wonderland in Nasr City, Renaissance Dandy Mall in 6 October, Alexandria | San Stefano, City Center Carrefour.