Ahmed Mourad Receives the Grand Nile Prize on Marwan Hamed's Behalf
The Blue Elephant Wins the Grand Prize at Luxor African Film Festival
After a jam-packed turnout at Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), The Blue Elephant has stolen the scene at the closing night with winning the festival's main award, the Grand Nile Prize for the Best Long Narrative Film. The award was granted to Marwan Hamed, who apologized for not attending the closing ceremony, and was handed to writer Ahmed Mourad on his behalf.
The LAFF is held under the auspices of Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF), a non-profit organization registered at the Ministry of Social Solidarity and has been active since 2006 in several fields. Regarded as a one of the key ISF's projects, the first edition of the LAFF was launched in 2012. The festival aims to support and encourage African film productions and partnerships between the countries of the continent through strengthening the humanitarian and political ties between the peoples of Africa in general and African artists in particular.
The Blue Elephant follows Yehia who returns to work in Al Abasyia Psychiatric Hospital, after spending 5 years in voluntary isolation. He works in the sector which examines the mental health of perpetrators where he has the encounter of an old friend who brings back bitter memories that he tried hard to forget, which turns his life upside down. Attempting to unravel the mysteries of his friend, Yehia embarks on a journey exploring his inner self, or the shattered remnants of it.
Directed by Marwan Hamed, The Blue Elephant is a cinematic adaptation of Ahmed Mourad's celebrated best seller of the same name which was released in 2012 and was included on the Man Booker Prize 2012 shortlist.
The Blue Elephant stars Karim Abdel Aziz, Khaled Elsawy, Nelly Karim and veteran Lebleba.
For his blockbuster hit The Blue Elephant, Marwan Hamed scooped the Best Director and Best Film awards at the 41st Egyptian Film Association Festival. The film received 9 awards including the Best Actor award for Karim Abdel Aziz; the Best Supporting Actor award for Khaled El Sawy; Best Cinematography for Ahmed Al Morsy; Best Musical Score for Hesham Nazih; Best Production Designer for Mohamed Attia; Best Costume Design for Nahed Nasrallah. The film also earned the Sami El-Salamoni's Award for Creativity and Innovation for Tarek Mostafa for his contribution to the film's visual effects.
The film is produced by Albatros Film Production and Distribution, founded by Producer Kamel Abu Ali since 2003, and Lighthouse Films, which is co-founded in 2007 by Director/Producer Marwan Hamed and Fadi Fahim, in collaboration with Al Shorouk Production.