Souad of Egypt, Amira of Jordan and Costa Brava, Lebanon (Lebanon)
Ending a year full of international activities and awards, Film Clinic joins the 1st edition of Red Sea Film Festival (December 6th – 15th) with 3 films of its successful productions, ones that toured key international festivals.
Huda’s Salon shall screen at the opening the Red Sea Competition (the festival’s official competition), landing its Arab world premiere. Marking the latest film by the two-time Academy Award nominee, and Golden Globe winner, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, the film is a thriller drama that is based on real events and stars Ali Suliman, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Samer Bisharat, and Manal Awad. It world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.
On the other hand, Feathers by Omar El Zohairy shall screen at the festival’s International Spectacular. Both the film and its director previously won several international awards, including 4 awards at the Feature Films Competition of Carthage Film Festival (JCC); Golden Tanit for Feature Fiction Film (First Film Jury prize) for Omar El Zohairy, Best Screenplay for El Zohairy and Ahmed Amer, and Best Female Performance for Demyana Nassar who played the main character in the film. Before that, the film also won El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Narrative Film at El Gouna Film Festival. Moreover, Omar El Zohairy received Variety’s MENA Talent of the Year Award 2021, during the same festival.
Furthermore, Amira shall screen at the festival’s same section. The film just won a Special Jury Mention at the Feature Films Competition of Carthage Film Festival (JCC), and previously won 3 awards at Venice International Film Festival, where it landed its world premiere. Directed by Mohamed Diab, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the film is an Egyptian-Jordanian co-production, and it was selected to represent Jordan at the Oscars.
Feathers creates a fantasy world following the life of a submissive wife fully dedicated to her husband and children while being stuck in the daily, repetitive, mundane chores. A sudden interesting change of events occur when a magic trick goes wrong at her 4-year-old son's birthday party, turning her husband into a chicken.
Now that the magician failed to undo the trick, the mother is forced to take control over her family and call all the shots. While looking out for her family, and trying to turn back her husband, the submissive woman rises up to the challenge and goes through a tough and quite absurd transformation.
Landing its world premiere at 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Grand Prize of the International Critics' Week, and the FIPRESCI award for the best first feature in Cannes’s parallel sections. It then received a number of other prestigious awards, including Special Mention at the New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland and Best Film at the Roberto Rossellini Awards of Pingyao International Film Festival, China.
The film is produced by the French producers Juliette Lepoutre and Pierre Menahem (Still Moving), and co-produced by Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic) and Shahinaz El Akkad (Lagoonie Film Production), as well as Derk-Jan Warrink and Koji Nelissen (Kepler Film), Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis (Heretic), and Verona Meier. MENA region distribution rights are handled by Film Clinic Indie Distribution.
Amira is the first Palestinian feature film by an Egyptian director. It follows Amira, a 17-year-old Palestinian, who was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father, Nawar. Although their relationship since birth has been restricted to prison visits, he remains her hero. His absence in her life is overcompensated with love and affection from those surrounding her. But when a failed attempt to conceive another child reveals Nawar’s infertility, Amira’s world turns upside down.Amira features a stellar Pan-Arab cast, including Saba Mubarak, Ali Suliman, and Tara Abboud, who lands her first cinematic leading role as Amira. They will be joined by Kais Nashif and Waleed Zuaiter. The film is written by the trio Mohamed, Khaled, and Sherine Diab and edited by Ahmed Hafez.
The film world premiered at Venice International Film Festival where it won the Lanterna Magica Award, the Interfilm Award and the CICT-UNESCO "Enrico Fulchignoni '' Award. Furthermore, it screened at Chicago International Film Festival, International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema in Montpellier (CINEMED) and El Gouna Film Festival.
The film is produced by Film Clinic (Mohamed Hefzy), Agora Audiovisuals (Mona Abdelwahab), Acamedia Pictures (Moez Masoud), in co- production with Taher Media Production (Youssef El Taher) and The Imaginarium Films (Rula Nasser). Also, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, Amira Diab and Sarah Gohar are the film’s producers, Hisham El Araby is the executive producer, and Daniel Ziskind is the associate producer. The film has previously received fund from The Royal Film Commission Jordan – RFC. Pyramide Films is in charge of the international sales, and its marketing is handled by MAD Solutions, which also handles the film’s distribution across the Arab world along with Lagoonie Film Production.
About Huda’s Salon:
Based on real events, Huda’s Salon is a heart-racing, entertaining feminist thriller, where two women fight for their freedom. Reem, a young mother who is married to a jealous man, goes to Huda's salon in Bethlehem for a haircut and an attentive ear. However, this ordinary visit turns sour after Huda puts Reem in a shameful situation, blackmails her to work for the secret service of the occupiers, hence betraying her people.
Huda’s Salon stars Ali Suliman, Manal Awad and Maisa Abd Elhadi. The film is produced by H&A Production (Hany Abu-Assad and Amira Diab), Film Clinic (Mohamed Hefzy) and co- produced by MAD Solutions (Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti),and Lagoonie Film Production (Shahinaz El Akkad), while Daniel Ziskind of Film Clinic is the film’s co-producer. The film is also co-produced by Key Films, Cocoon and Philistine Films. MEMENTO INTERNATIONAL handles worldwide distribution, while MAD Solutions and Lagoonie Film Production handle the film’s distribution across the Arab world.