Along with 10 Non-American Films Selected by Global Film Initiative
Global Film Initiative has selected Amr Salama's Excuse My French to screen within the Global Lens Films Series in 2014, which include 10 non-American films, distributed by the New York-based FilmRise across North America.
By this, the Egyptian feature ExcuseMyFrench, along with the other 9 films, gets added to the cinematic library of Global Film Initiative, which includes nearly 96 films since its inception 10 years ago. Global Film Initiative is dedicated to film distribution of films from across the world in North America, in addition to providing the new film projects with grants to support them.
Among its flourishing extended tours in film festivals and foreign screenings, Excuse MyFrench is set to be part of 58thBFI London Film Festival, which runs 8 - 19 October, 2014. The film will screen three times; on October the 9th, 11th and 19th, 2014, within the festival's Laugh section, which features different selections of sarcastic and comic flicks including rom-com films and black comedies.
This event marks Amr Salama third participation at BFI London Film Festival, following Asmaa and Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad and The Politician. Furthermore, this is also Film Clinic's fifth participation in the festival following its previous film productions: Rags and Tatters by Ahmed Abdallah and the British film My Brother the Devil.
Excuse My French was a huge success in Egyptian theatres reaping revenues that exceeded 8 million EGP after 12 weeks of its release. It also carried on its flourishing commercial tour in Montreal, Canada in March, 2014. Only 3 days before its commercial release in Egyptian theatres, Excuse My French had its world premiere at the Opening Gala of Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival on January 19th, 2014, whereas last April marked the film's US Premiere at Washington D.C. International Film Festival (Filmfest DC).
Written and directed by Amr Salama, Excuse My French is produced by Film Clinic and The Producers Films which runs by producer Hani Ossama. Starring Kinda Alloush, HanyAdel, and the talented child Ahmed Dash, the film is distributed in Egyptian theaters by United Artistic Group, whereas the Al Massah Art Production is handling its theatrical release across the world.
Excuse My French tells the story of a child called Hany Abdallah Peter whose life turns upside down after the death of his father and his mother's discovery of the huge debts they have to pay. Hany is forced to experience the huge gap between classes after moving from his old elite private school to a public one. Things get complicated for Hany after having to hide being a Christian surrendering to the assumptions of his classmates and teachers who didn't read his full name and has mistaken him for a Muslim.