Director Sherif El Bendary's film Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim will be competing at the Cannes Écrans Juniors (Cannes Junior Screenings), along with other seven films from all over the world. Organized on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May), the jury members of the Cannes Écrans Juniors are the students of the Gérard Philipe School in Cannes (between the ages of 13 to 15) and the competition has chosen to present films that re-introduce the civilization of the production country of each film in a new way.
Simultaneously, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim will be screened within the Le Marché du Film (Cannes Film Market) on Saturday, the 20th of May at 12:00 pm (GMT+2).
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim follows a strange love story of a young man living in a rough neighborhood. He travels across Egypt on the recommendation of a psychic along with Ibrahim who is almost driven mad by the voices he hears in his head. Their journey turns into a voyage of friendship and self-discovery.
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim stars Ali Sobhi and Ahmed Magdy, alongside Salwa Mohamed Aly and Nahed El Sebai. The film is directed by Sherif El Bendary and written by Ahmed Amer, based on Ibrahim El Batout's story.
The film's world premiere was held at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), where it competed within the Muhr Feature competition and Ali Sobhi won the Best Actor Award for his role in the film. Most recently, director Sherif El Bendary's debut feature Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim took part in the Mons International Love Film Festival in Belgium, making its outside the Arab world premiere, besides its participation in the 19th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris (January 12 - 16). The film won three awards during its participation in the Final Cut Workshop at the Venice International Film Festival.
Directed by Sherif El Bendary, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim is written by Ahmed Amer, based on Ibrahim El Batout's story and is produced by Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic, Transit Films of Hossam Elouan, and the French film production company Arizona Productions, along with Daniel Ziskind as Associate Producer. The film's distribution in the Arab world is jointly handled by MAD Solutions and Film Clinic-Indie Distribution (FCID), while its worldwide distribution is handled by the French sales agent Loco Films.
Screening Times of Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim within the Cannes Écrans Juniors (GMT+2)
Monday, the 22nd of May at 09:30 am at Raimu
Monday, the 22nd of May at 02:00 pm at Studio 13
Wednesday, the 24th of May at 09:00 am at Studio 13
Thursday, the 25th of May at 11:00 am at Alexandre