Egypt's Submission for the Oscars
Yomeddine by Film Clinic Won the Silver Tanit Award for Best Feature Film at Carthage Film FestivalThe film Yomeddine, directed by Abu Bakr Shawky and co-produced by Film Clinic, won the Silver Tanit Award for Best Feature Film during the Carthage Film Festival, which has concluded its events on Saturday. It is the third award for the film after the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature and the Cinema For Humanity Audience Award at El Gouna Film Festival.
Recently, the film has achieved great success in Egyptian theaters as its revenues exceed million pounds, which represents a shift in the revenues of independent films and Art House, supported by Film Clinic for years.
The film was chosen to represent Egypt in the Oscars for the best foreign film, the third year for Egypt to submit a film produced by Film Clinic to the Oscars. The film premiered within the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival.
Yomeddine is produced by Desert Highway Pictures, co-founded by Shawky and producer Dina Emam, in cooperation with Film Clinic (Mohamed Hefzy). After the announcement of the film's selection, Director Abu Bakr Shawky expressed his great joy that his feature directorial film was selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival and representing Egypt at this prestigious international festival. He can't wait for his film to be screened in his homeland, Egypt.
Hefzy's latest participation in the festival was through his film Clash that opened the prestigious Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. He also produced one of the ten chapters of the film 18 Days that was screened as part of the festival's Special Screenings section in 2012.
Written and directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, Yomeddine follows a Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice, who leave the confines of the leper colony for the first time and embark on a journey across Egypt to search for what is left of their families.
Yomeddine stars Rady Gamal and Ahmed Abdelhafiz. Shawky collaborated with Argentinian Cinematographer Federico Cesca, Editor Erin Greenwell and Composer Omar Fadel, who scored the film.
Abu Bakr Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian writer, director and editor. He made several documentaries including the award-winning film The Colony (2009) that talked about Abu Zaabal Leper Colony.
Film Clinic was founded in 2005 by renowned Producer and Screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy as a production company that offers screenwriting workshops and specializes in producing feature and documentary films. While targeting all types of audiences in the Egyptian, Arab and international markets, Film Clinic is known for supporting young talented filmmakers, making innovative films as a creative alternative to commercial films in the Arab film industry.
Film Clinic co-produced Egyptian, Arab and international feature films that went on to win more than 150 awards at over 350 international film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Cairo international Film Festival, and Carthage Film Festival. Three of its film productions got selected as Egypt's official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film, and they are Clash and Sheikh Jackson, and most recently Yomeddine. Film Clinic made a number of box-office hits, including Sameer, Shaheer & Baheer (2010), Banat El A'am (2012), Excuse My French (2014) and Hepta: The Last Lecture (2016).