Best Film| Best Director| Special Award for Maged El Kedwany and Ahmed Bedeir
Hadi El Bagoury's Hepta: The Last Lecture Receives Four Awards in the Dear Guest Annual Poll
Director Hadi El Bagoury's film Hepta: The Last Lecture has received four awards in this year's annual poll of the Dear Guest Magazine (DG Awards). The four awards are; DG Best Film, DG Best Director to Hadi El Bagoury; in addition to two DG Special Awards to Maged El Kedwany
and Ahmed Bedeir. The DG Festival Award Ceremony will be held on December 23rd, 2016.
This month, Hepta: The Last Lecture will take part in the 38th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) and will take part in the Arab Cinema Week (18 - 26 November) in New York, where the Week's administration will also host young actress Jamila Awad in a discussion session for the film.
Most recently, Hepta: The Last Lecture received the Audience Award at the Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington. The film had a screening at the closing night of the 6th Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden and contended for the Anab d'Or within the Feature Film Competition at the 2nd Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba (FAFM) in Algeria where it received wide critical and audience acclaim, in addition to its screening at the Arab Camera Festival in Rotterdam.
Hepta: The Last Lecture is based on Mohamed Sadek's best-selling book, which portrays the seven stages of love through four paralleled stories. Mohamed Sadek's novel topped the charts in Egypt and throughout the Arab world for several weeks, and sold 36 editions.
The film cast list includes: Amr Youssef, Maged El Kedwany, Ahmed Malek, Ahmed Dawood, Dina El Sherbiny, Yasmine Raeis, Jamila Awad, Hany Adel, Ahmed Bedeir, together with Salwa Mohamed Aly, Kinda Alloush, Anoushka, Mohamed Farrag, and Nelly Karim, along with Shereen Reda and the two kids, Abdallah Azmi and Lina Ben Haman. The film is a joint production between Hani Osama's The Producers, Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic, and Amgad Sabry's iProductions. The adaptation has been scripted by Wael Hamdy. The film's crew includes Directors of Photography Gamal El Boushy and Leo Carbotta, alongside Production Designer Hend Haidar and Production Manager Mohamed El Hady.
For seven consecutive weeks, Hepta: The Last Lecture topped the Egyptian box office with revenues that surpassed 27 million EGP, becoming the highest-grossing romantic film in the history of Egyptian cinema.The film has also been released in a number of Arab countries including; the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Oman.
Dear Guest Festival (The Best of the Year) was founded in 2004 with a great success from one year to the other. DG Festival is one of Egypt's best festivals that is solely dedicated for choosing the best of the year following voting system via the company web-site in addition to hard copies questionnaires and video voting.