Ahmed el Fishawy behind the scenes of the movie – File Photo
CAIRO – 18 October 2017: The 28thedition of Carthage International Film Festival chose the Egyptian Movie “Sheikh Jackson” to represent Egypt in the festival’s official competition. The 28th edition of the festival will run from November 4 to 12.
The famous Egyptian director Amr Salama wrote on his official Instagram account that his latest successful movie, “Sheikh Jackson,” is going to be officially released in the United States in early 2018. “This is a big milestone in my career, which I have always wished for,” Salama posted.
“Sheikh Jackson” screened for the first time in all Egyptian Cinemas on Wednesday, October 4. The film managed to achieve revenues amounting to LE 450,000 ($25,000) on its first day, and by the second day it had acquired LE 900,000; amassing LE 1,350,000 in its first two days of viewing.
“Sheikh Jackson” stars Ahmed al-Fishawy and revolves around the death of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The plotline focuses on an aspiring Imam who loves Jackson’s music and imitates the pop star’s performances. His strong relationship with Salafism reflects the contradictions in his life.
The film poster, released by the production company, depicts the protagonist, played by Fishawy, dressed as a Salafi sheikh and posing in a Jackson dance move, wearing Jackson’s signature hat. Salama stated previously that “the story of the movie is personal and deep, as I am narrating a very private story.”
“Sheikh Jackson” was the opening movie for the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival, which took place from September 22 to 29. The film also screened in the 61st London Film Festival, which kicked off on October 4. Egypt has selected Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson” as its candidate for consideration at the upcoming edition of the Oscars, set to take place in February 2018.