Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim Wins Best Feature Film at the Malmö Arab Film Festival
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim by Sherif El Bendary won the Best Feature Film award at the 7th Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden (October 6-10), where El Bendary received his film's award during the awards ceremony.
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim had its theatrical run in the beginning of this year,as it was first released in Egypt and then in France last June followed by its release in Kuwait last September. Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim was the first Arab film to be screened within the DIFF 365@VOX initiative. The film is set to be released in more theaters soon.
The film's world premiere was held at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), where it competed within the Muhr Feature competition and Ali Sobhi won the Best Actor Award for his role in the film. Director Sherif El Bendary's debut feature Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim took part in the Mons International Love Film Festival in Belgium, making its outside the Arab world premiere, besides its participation in the 19th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris (January 12-16). The film won three awards during its participation in the Final Cut Workshop at the Venice International Film Festival.
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim follows a strange love story of a young man living in a rough neighborhood. He travels across Egypt on the recommendation of a psychic along with Ibrahim who is almost driven mad by the voices he hears in his head. Their journey turns into a voyage of friendship and self-discovery.
The film stars Ali Sobhi, Ahmed Magdy, Salwa Mohamed Aly and Nahed El Sebai. Directed by Sherif El Bendary, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim is written by Ahmed Amer, based on Ibrahim El Batout's story, and produced by Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic, Transit Films of Hossam Elouan, and the French film production company Arizona Productions led by Guillaume de Seille, along with Daniel Ziskind as Associate Producer. The film's distribution in the Arab world is jointly handled by MAD Solutions and Film Clinic-Indie Distribution (FCID), while its worldwide distribution is handled by the French sales agent Loco Films.