Achieving great success in Egyptian theaters for its 5th week, Mohamed Diab's Clash has been selected to represent Egypt at the 2017 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy posted on his official Facebook page saying, "Being selected is a good start and I hope that the film reaches the final official film selections at the Oscars". Writer Khaled Diab posted on his official Facebook page, "Thank God Clash was selected to represent Egypt at the 2017 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Your prayers are needed for the film to be officially selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Best Foreign Language Film category".
Tackling the political unrest that prevailed in Egypt in 2013, Clash's events take place in an 8-meter police truck, crammed with detainees representing different sects of society, their interaction with each other full of madness, violence, romance, and comedy.
Co-written by Khaled Diab and Mohamed Diab, who is also the director, Clash is a co-production between France, Egypt, Germany, and the UAE. The cast includes Nelly Karim, Tarek Abd El Aziz, Hany Adel, Ahmed Malek, Ashraf Hamdi, Mohamed Abdel Azim, Gamil Barsoum and others.
The film landed its world premiere last May at the Cannes Film Festival as it inaugurated the prestigious
Un Certain Regard section. Clash marked Egypt's comeback as an official selection after 3 years of absence to the most important festival in the film industry worldwide. The Hollywood Reporter also selected Clash as one of the 10 Best Films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Clash is a joint production effort between Arab and European companies: Film Clinic (Egypt), Sampek Productions (France), and Acamedia Global (UAE), in association with ARTE France Cinema (France),
Niko Film (Germany), Fortress Film Clinic (UAE), and Pyramide International (France). Taking part in the project are producers Moez Masoud, Mohamed Hefzy, Eric Lagesse, and it is co-produced by Nicole Gerhards, alongside executive producers Jamal Al Dabbous and Daniel Ziskind. Mohamed Diab's wife,
Sarah Goher, also acted as a creative collaborator on the film, earning the title "Creative Producer". The film will be distributed in Egyptian theatres by MAD Solutions, while Pyramide International will distribute it in France and the rest of the world.