Sweeping Major Awards Including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Artistic Creativity Certificates for its Actors
Adding further awards to its record, Amr Salama's Excuse My French has scooped 5 awards at the 63rd Egyptian Catholic Centre Cinema Festival, which came to a close on March 6th, 2015. The film has won the Best Film award, which was handed to Mohamed Hefzy and Hani Osama; Best Direction and the Best Screenplay awards for Amr Salama; the Best Cinematography award for Islam Abdelsamie.
For their astounding performance in the film, actors Ahmed Dash, Mo'ath Nabil and Abu Bakr Osama received certificates of Artistic Creativity. Granting Certificates of Appreciation to all film productions that contended at this year's edition, the Egyptian Catholic Centre Cinema Festival has also handed Film Clinic and The Producers a Certificate of Appreciation.
Among films that were released in 2014, the Egyptian Catholic Centre Cinema Festival carefully curated 5 features, including Excuse My French, to vie at this year's edition. The contending films must comply with the ethical and humanitarian criteria outlined by the festival.
The jury has been headed by veteran director Omar Abdel Aziz and encompassed composer Tamer Karawan; actresses Sherine and Rania Farid Shawki, actor Bassem Samra, scriptwriter Bashir El Deek, cinematographer Tarek El-Telmissany, film critic Tarek El-Shenawy and writer Amal Othman as jurors. 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, Hany Adel, 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.
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. In April 2014, Excuse My French received its US Premiere at Washington D.C. International Film Festival (Filmfest DC).
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. Excuse My French was also part of the 58th BFI London Film Festival within Laugh Section. In February, 2015, the film took part at the 41st Egyptian Film Association Festival, winning the Best Poster Design and an award under the name of the late journalist Khaled El-Sergany, former Vice President of the Association. The film also earned both Child actors Ahmed Dash and Mo'ath Nabil certificates of appreciation.
In October 2014, 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 ExcuseMy French, 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.