Vying for the Anab d'Or
Hepta: The Last Lecture Takes Part in the Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba in Algeria
After its massive box-office success in the Arab world, Hadi El Bagoury's Hepta: The Last Lecture vies for the Anab d'Or in the Feature Film Competition at the 2nd Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba (FAFM) in Algeria (6-12 October, 2016). During its screening night at the Azzedine Medjoubie Theater, the film received wide critical and audience acclaim.
Previously, Hepta: The Last Lecture topped the Egyptian box office with revenues that surpassed 26 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. Recently, the film competed for the Best Feature Film Award at the 6th Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden.
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.
Supported by the Ministry of Culture in Algeria, the 2nd Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba (FAFM) will boast 35 films this year. Also, the festival will grant several awards to the winning films, namely: its grand prize; the Anab d'Or, which will be given to the best of the participating films, and the Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards, as well as the Audience Award.
Sixteen films are vying for the Anab d'Or, including nine Arab films from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Algeria, and the rest are from across Turkey, Iran, Italy, France, Spain, Cyprus, and Malta. The festival is going to pay tribute to the notable late director Mohamed Khan.