A scene from “Taht Al Taht” documentary – Arab Cinema Center official facebook page.
CAIRO – 30 March 2018: Málaga Film Festival and Arab Cinema Center (ACC) selected the Lebanese documentary film “Taht Al Taht” (Underdown) to participate in the Málaga Work in Progress that will be held on the sidelines of the festival, which will be held in Spain from April 13 to 22.
“Taht Al Taht” shows the sufferings and struggles of different people – a Palestinian driver who lives in his car, a homeless Syrian kid, and a Lebanese woman and her family. The documentary is directed by Sarah Kakas and produced by Liliane Rahal and Ines Meier.
The Egyptian movie “Gunshot” will also participate in the Málaga Work in Progress.
“Gunshot” revolves around a mysterious murder that connects the destinies of the protagonists and changes their beliefs about the concept of truth. It stars Ahmad Al Fishawy, Ruby, Mohamed Mamdouh, Arfa Abdel Rassoul and Asmaa Aboul El Yazeed, along with guest stars Ahmed Malek, Hana Shiha, Bayoumi Fouad, Ahmed Kamal and Safaa El-Toukhi.
“Gunshot” is written by Haitham Dabbour and directed by Karim El Shenawy in his first feature film after many award-winning short films. Shenawy has worked as a first assistant director on many feature films, including “Clash” and “Nawara”. “Gunshot” is produced by iProductions, in cooperation with Film Clinic.
Dabbour began his career with short movies and documentaries, with “Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician” being the most famous. The documentary was split into three segments, and directors Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin and Amr Salama each took over one part. It screened in Egyptian cinemas in 2011 and was the first documentary to be featured commercially for a long time. It was well received by the audience when it premiered at the Venice and Toronto film festivals.
Dabbour later wrote a number of short movies for the BBC that were all nominated for awards, including “Fardy” (Individually), which was released in 2013 and stars Khaled El Nabawy. It was the first short movie starring Nabawy and was screened at the Tangier International Film Festival and BAFTA.
Dabbour then started working on long feature movies, like “Photocopy”, a script that was nominated for the Sawiris Cultural Awards and won the El Gouna Golden Star Award for Best Arabic Feature Narrative Film at the closing ceremony of the first edition of the El Gouna International Film Festival on September 29.
The Málaga Festival Fund and Co-production Event was launched for the first time in 1998. The festival has worked throughout its various editions to support and boost Spanish films on both the national and international levels, along with presenting Málaga to the whole world as a cultural city open to different cultures. The festival also aims to promote movie culture and reach audiences from all over the world.
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC), organized by MAD Solutions in 2015, is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema. ACC supports the cinema industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes.