The 62nd Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival witnesses a remarkable presence of Mohamed Hefzy's local production slate Film Clinic as three of its film productions will be part of the event this year. These films include: Ahmed Abdallah's Rags and Tatters, Ayten Amin's Villa 69, and Maggie Morgan's Asham .The festival runs from February 28th,2014, to March 7th, 2014.
Three films produced by Film Clinic will participate in the festival in addition to Ibrahim El-Batout's Winter of Discontent and Nadine Khan's Harag w' Marag, as well as other twenty seven films that were commercially screened in theatres in 2013.
Film Clinic's Line up of Films in the Festival:
Villa 69: Co-written by Mohamed Al Hag and Mahmoud Ezzat, the film is Ayten Amin's feature directorial debut. Produced by Film Clinic in co-production with Wael Omar's Middle West Films, thefilm stars Khaled Abol Naga, Arwa Gouda, and Egyptian veteran actress Lebleba. Villa 69 follows Hussein, a man living in isolation in his house. Characters from his past begin to invade his solitary lifestyle; his life witnesses drastic changes following the encounter with his sister and nephew, Seif. As a result, gradual and yet radical changes in his dogmatic view of life begin to emerge.
Rags and Tatters: Written and directed by Ahmed Abdallah, the film tells the story of a prison inmate who escapes from jail following the incidents that took place on January 28th, 2011, when police forces were withdrawn from the streets and chaos prevailed. The film stars Asser Yassin who plays the leading role of the fugitive inmate who moves in a number of poor alienated Egyptian districts. Rags and Tatters is produced by Film Clinic in co-production with Mashrou', Ahmed Abdallah's new production house formed with Asser Yassin, and Producer and Writer Amr Shama, Scriptwriter of After the Battle film.
Asham: Scripted by Maggie Morgan, the film is considered her feature directorial debut. The film tells six intertwined stories about aspiration, disappointment, and hope set against the backdrop of a restless Cairo, itself on the brink of change. At significant points of their lives, some characters converge onto a street peddler, while other characters experience a series of events, which inevitably lead their pathways to intersect.