Featuring 21 Stars from the Golden Era of Black and White Films
Zay Ood El Kabreet Brings Back 5 Rare Films to the Silver Screen
In his last film and only directorial work Zay Ood El Kabreet (Like a Matchstick), Hussein Al Imam brings back to the silver screen five rare black and white films featuring 21 stars from the Egyptian cinema's golden era. A few months ago, MAD Solutions, the film's distributor, has released a teaser GIF poster for the film, making it the first of its kind in Egypt and the Arab world.
Zay Ood El Kabreet features scenes for those golden stars from a number of black and white films directed by the late Hassan Al Imam, such as: El Malak El Zalem (The Unjust Angel) (1954), starring Faten Hamama, Kamal Al Shennawi, Hussein Riad and Mahmoud El-Meliguy; Ana Bint Min (Whose Daughter Am I?) (1950), starring Farid Shawqi, Leila Fawzi, Mohsen Sarhan and Hussein Riad;
El Gassad (The Body) (1955), starring Hend Rostom, Kamal Al Shennawi, Hussein Riad and Fatma Rouchdi; Bent Mn El Banat (One of the Girls) (1968), starring Ahmed Mazhar, Samir Sabry, Magda
El Khatib and Nour El Sherif; and Hob Fel Zalam (Love in the Darkness) (1953), starring Faten Hamama, Imad Hamdi and Farid Shawqi.
Zay Ood El Kabreet is a comedic tale invented by the late filmmaker to pay tribute to the super stars of the Egyptian cinema's Golden Era. The plot combines scenes starring 21 actors from the age of black and white films with other scenes written by and starring Al Imam. The end product leads to the rediscovery of golden age actors in a new context Along with Hussein Al Imam, the film stars Sahar Ramy, Khaled Mahrous, Zakaria Amer and singer Randa El-Sobky.