Mohamed Diab's film Eshtebak (Clash) has been selected to open the prestigious Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes (11- 22 May). Landing a world premiere at Cannes, Clash marks Egypt's comeback to the festival since the screening of Yousry Nasrallah's After the Battle there.
The film tackles the political unrest that prevailed in Egypt following the ousting of President Morsi.
Co-written by Khaled Diab and Mohamed Diab, who is also the director, the film is a co-production between France, Egypt, Germany, and the UAE.
Most of the events in the film take place in a police truck, crammed with 25 detainees from both the pro and anti-Muslim Brotherhood camps, their interaction with each other full of madness, violence, romance, and comedy.
The cast includes Nelly Karim, Tarek Abdelaziz, Hany Adel, Ahmed Malek, Ashraf Hamdi, Mohamed Abdel Azim, Gamil Barsoum and others.
Previously, Screen International magazine has selected Clash as one of the most anticipated films in international festivals during 2016. Clash was the only Arab film placed by the magazine on the list which boasted 54 films from around the world.
Clash is a joint production effort between Arab and European companies: Film Clinic (Egypt), Sampek Productions (France), EMC Pictures (UAE), Niko Films (Germany), and Fortress Film Clinic (UAE). Taking part in the project are producers Mohamed Hefzy, Eric Lagesse, and Nicole Gerhards, alongside executive producers Jamal Al Dabbous and Daniel Ziskind. Mohamed Diab's wife, Sarah Goher also acted as a creative collaborator on the film, earning the title "Creative Producer". The film will be distributed in Egypt by Al-Masa, while Pyramide International will distribute it in France and the rest of the world.