Continuing Its Run in Egyptian Theaters and Soon In North America
Ten days after its release in theaters, the film Sheikh Jackson by director Amr Salama was able to make EGP four million in ticket sales, beating all the other films currently playing in theaters. Cleopatra Entertainment has revealed that it has acquired the distribution rights to Sheikh Jackson in North America with plans to release it in theaters in the first quarter of 2018.
Sheikh Jackson is written and directed by Amr Salama and co-written by Omar Khaled. The film stars Ahmad Al Fishawy, Maged El Kedwany, Ahmed Malek, along with guest stars Amina Khalil, Dorra, Basma and Mahmoud El Bezawy. Sheikh Jackson is co-produced by The Producers, Film Clinic and iProductions, with Daniel Ziskind asassociate producer. The German company Media Luna is responsible for distributing the film outside the Arab world. MAD Solutions is handling the film's marketing and designed Sheikh Jackson's poster that is used regionally and internationally.
The events of the film take us back to June 25, 2009 as the news of Michael Jackson's death took the world by storm affecting many, especially a preacher who is dubbed "Jackson" during his school days. But, what does a preacher have in common with the King of Pop? More importantly, can he now go back to his normal life, or will his memories and relationships with his loved ones raise the most prominent question in his mind? Is he the Sheikh, Jackson, or both?
Sheikh Jackson was released in Egyptian theatres after its one-week limited release in Port Said in the last week of September. This coincided with the film's European premiere at the 61st BFI London Film Festival (October 4-15).
Sheikh Jackson landed its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival within the Special Presentations programme that specializes in presenting world premieres or Canadian premieres of the year's awaited films, in addition to the most recent films by the world's leading filmmakers. The film made its Arab world premiere by opening the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival, where it competed in the festival's Feature Narrative Competition. The Egyptian Cinema Syndicate selectedSheikh Jackson to be Egypt's official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film.