Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim” movie poster – Egypt Today
CAIRO – 10 February 2018: Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim by Sherif El Bendary, Sheikh Jackson by Amr Salama, and Withered Green by Mohammad Hammad have won three ten awards at the 44th Egyptian Cinema Film Association, according to a press release by Mad Solutions late last week. All Films have been produced by Film Clinic and distributed by Mad Solutions.
Bendary’s Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim has won the Samy Al Salamouny Award for Renewal and Creation, the Best Actress award dedicated to Salwa Mohamed Aly, and a Certificate of Appreciation dedicated to Amr Farouk for his Cinematography.
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim revolves around a young named Ali who believes his late girlfriend’s soul is inside a goat, so he loves this goat, naming her Nada and talking to her. Many people criticize him for this behavior, until his mother forces him to go to a psychological and spiritual healer, where he meets Ibrahim.
Ibrahim suffers from depression and listens to sounds from another world, yet he is incapable of understanding what those messages mean. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and friendship across Egypt. The movie stars Ali Sobhy, Ahmed Magdy and Salwa Mohamed Aly, among others. “Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim” was directed by Sherif el Bendary and written by Ahmed Amer and Ibrahim El-Batout.
Two awards were dedicated to Salam’s film Sheikh Jackson including an Acting Award given to Egyptian actor Maged El Kedwany and the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award given to young actor Ahmed Malek.
Sheikh Jackson revolves around Hany, a teen in 2009, is very passionate about pop legend Michael Jackson and Salama uses the death of Hany’s beloved pop idol as a trigger to reveal the human contradictions, struggles and even the crises of faith that exist deep inside the young sheikh. Jackson’s death is a turning point in Hany’s life because it makes him realize that his old passion for the pop singer still exists—and that it violates his principles as a Salafist, Egypt Today previously reported.
Withered Green was provided the Special Jury Award, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing all distributed respectively to Mohammed Hammad, Mohammed El Sharqawy, and Best Sound to Sarah Qadoury.
Hammad, was the first Egyptian to win the Muhr Award for Best Director in the Narrative Feature Competition at the Dubai International Film Festival. He also won a Golden Palm Award for Best Director in the Narrative Feature Competition at the Mexico International Film Festival, Egypt Today.
The movie focuses on a woman, Iman, living in an oriental society; she tries to convince her uncles to meet her sister’s suitor in place of their deceased father. The protagonist is very traditional and strict. However, Iman receives medical news that causes her to rethink her life and question her beliefs. The film participated in 45 international film festivals including the Hamburg International Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, and Stockholm International Film Festival.