Director Mohammed Hammad Jury Member at the Impact Competition
Withered Green Competes at Stockholm International Film Festival
Mohammed Hammad's film Withered Green continues its international festival tour with the 27th Round of Stockholm International Film Festival within the Discovery section where it will compete for the Audience Award. The festival will also witness Hammad's participation as a juror within the Impact Competition; one of the festival's official competitions which will take place from 9 to 20 November 2016.
The Stockholm International Film Festival aims to screen a variety of modern, high-quality international films in Sweden by up and coming directors creating their debut features making the Festival a platform where they can present their projects to the public. Since its establishment, the festival has screened over 3000 films from all over the world. Each round of the festival welcomes around 140 thousand audience members, in addition to 450 journalists and 300 filmmakers. This year's guest of honor will be the great director Francis Ford Coppola; one of the top academy award winners as he won 6 times as Best Director, writer, producer, three of which were for the second installment of The Godfather trilogy.
Withered Green has competed within the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section at the 69th Locarno International Film Festival. Landing its world premiere, the film screening was attended by director/writer Hammad alongside producer/ DOP Mohammed El Sharqawy, producer Kholoud Saad and co-producer Mohamed Hefzy. After an impressive full-house three screenings, the film has pulled in a fourth exceptional screening on the audience's' demand. Withered Green marked the first Egyptian participation at the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section within Locarno. Withered Green is the first Egyptian film to participate at the FIFF since 1999.
Withered Green tells the story of young Iman, a conservative religious person, who takes people's opinions of her into account and shows uptight restriction to all the withering social traditions. However, a shocking discovery prompts her to do away with all these withered traditions that she once clung to.
Written and directed by Mohammed Hammad, Withered Green is produced by Hammad, Kholoud Saad and Mohammed El Sharqawy in collaboration with producer Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic). MAD Solutions alongside Film Clinic-Indie Film Distribution (FCIFD) are handling the film distribution worldwide.
Mohammed Hammad is an Egyptian director with a number of short films in his repertoire. He wrote, produced, and directed the short film Central (2008). In 2010, he produced and directed the short film Pale Red, which took part in many international festivals, receiving several awards.
Screening Times of Withered Green at the Stockholm International Film Festival (GMT+2)
Thursday, 10 November at 2:00 pm in Victoria 2
Saturday, 12 November at 10:30 am in Zita 1
Wednesday, 16 November at 6:00 pm in Zita 2