Amr Salama's Excuse My French has won two awards and a Certificate of Appreciation from the 41st Egyptian Film Association Festival. The film received the Best Poster Design award; an award under the name of the late journalist Khaled El-Sergany, former Vice President of the Association. Child actors Ahmed Dash and Mo'ath Nabil also earned certificates of appreciation for their outstanding performance in the film. The jury, which was headed by filmmaker Ali Abou Shady, selected the winners and awards have been announced by film critic Mahmoud Abdel Samie, Director of the Festival, on Friday, February 6th, 20 15. The awards were handed on the closing ceremony last Saturday, February 14th, 2015.
Written and directed by Amr Salama, Excuse My French is produced by Film Clinic and The Producers Films, which is run 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.
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 Excuse My 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.
Excuse My French has also taken part in 58th BFI London Film Festival within Laugh Section.