Six Young Filmmakers Portray the Essence of Fear Profoundly and Eagerly
The Mice Room Lands Its Latin American Premiere at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Skillfully highlighting interweaved six fear-related stories in Alexandria, narrated by six young filmmakers, The Mice Room participates at the 38th SÃ£o Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil, which runs from 16-29th of October, 2014. Landing its Latin American Premiereon October 16th, 2014, the collaborative feature will screen 3 times as part of the festivalon October 17th, 18th and 20th, 2014.
SÃ£o Paulo International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film events in Latin-America, and a highly-anticipated filmmaking hub that attracts hundreds of auteurs and industry professionals annually. First launched in 1977, the festival was initiated by Brazilian Film Critic Leon Cakoff and is organized by Associacao Brasileira Mostra Internacional de Cinema (ABMIC).
The Mice Room is a collaborative feature co-written by six young and aspiring filmmakers namely; Ahmed Magdy Morsy, Mohamad El Hadidi, Mohamed Zedan, Mayye Zayed, Nermeen Salem, and Hend Bakr, and stars Hanan Youssef, Zeyad Salem, Nihand Yahia, Kamal Ismail, Noura Saafan and the acting prodigy Malak Magdy.
The Mice Room tracks six intertwined stories of different characters who live in Alexandria struggling with their fears; Amr visits his father on his death bed, trying to catch up on lost time, Moussa spends his day struggling to cross a street, Dahlia is lost in her worries about her wedding day, a young girl watches as her grandmother grows increasingly lifeless, Rawya, after her husband's death, is unable to sleep early, discovering an exciting life at night, and Maha is set to leave the country and everything she knows behind, questioning the changes that happened or might happen in her life. All of them share the same creepy feelings in the same city but never meet.
The film had a prestigious World Premiere at the 10th Dubai international Film Festival within Muhr Arab Feature competition on December, 2013, receiving wide acclaim from Arab and international media outlets alike.
Renowned film critics mainly raved about the marvelous ability of the six young filmmakers to write, direct and present their first directorial effort in such a profound and daring way, portraying a profound image of the social reality of six different characters that live in Alexandria. Hollywood Reporter writer, Deborah Young, singled out and article praising the filmmakers' perseverance and determination in presenting their work of art, whereas Egyptian Film critic Mohammad Reda has selected The Mice Roomon the list of the best five Egyptian films in 2013. Furthermore, the official website of Art Dubai selected The Mice Room on the list of the best films that combine cinema with artistic vision; this list includes entries participated in the 10th Dubai International Film Festival.
The Mice Room is an independent collaborative feature which is produced by Rufy's in co-production with Fig Leaf Studios. The film was also supported by Dubai International Film Festival's Enjaaz. It was first written three years ago as seven segments, then was shot as six separate segments coming all together at the editing room in post-production. Since it is an almost zero budget independent feature, all cast and crew were volunteers and the six filmmakers themselves worked behind cameras in each other's segments.