‘Tale’ Senay’, ‘Yomeddine’ awarded at MiWorld Festival



Sun, 31 Mar 2019 - 05:25 GMT


Sun, 31 Mar 2019 - 05:25 GMT

"Tale’ Senay”- official poster

"Tale’ Senay”- official poster

CAIRO – 31 March 2019: Egyptian movie “Tale’ Senay” (Induced Labor) won the best feature film award from MiWorld Young Film Festival which is tailor made to school students in Milano.

“Tale’ Senay” is not the only Egyptian movie that was awarded in this festival. "Yomeddine" (Judgmental Day) received a special award that was granted from 17 schools in Milano. MiWorld Young Film Festival ran from March 23-30.

“Tale’ Senay” was released in 2017, and revolves around an Egyptian couple that seizes the American Embassy in Egypt after being denied visas to enter the United States.
The feature film stars a group of talented Egyptian actors and actresses, including Rasha Gawdat, Maged el-Kedwany, Mai Kassab, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, Bayoumi Fouad, Horeya Farghali, and Sayed Ragab. "Tale' Senay" is directed by Khaled Diab.

The movie screened for the first time on December 11, 2017 as part of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

Featuring regional and international filmmakers who shed light on the Arab culture, the festival’s “Arabian Nights” chose to screen "Talea Senay."

On February 14, Egyptian star Mostafa Khater won best rising actor for his role in “Tale’ Senay”, and its designer Mohamed Amin was awarded best set design award from the Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics.

"Tale’ Senay” (Induced Labor) screened on the opening ceremony of the eighth edition of the Malmo Arab Film Festival that kicked off October 5, 2018.
Egyptian film "Yomeddine" previously won the Silver Tanit Award for Best Feature Film at the Carthage International Film Festival. "Yomeddine" also received the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature and the Cinema For Humanity Audience Award at El-Gouna Film Festival.

“Yomeddine” is directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, and produced by Dina Emam; a real former leprosy patient played the lead role. It tells the story of Beshay, a former Coptic Egyptian patient in the Leprosy Colony. He was lucky enough to be cured, unlike his late wife.

After his wife’s death, Beshay decides to leave the colony and search for his family with his friends; a donkey and a child. Beshay’s journey takes him to the past and to the future as well, exploring how society deals with his disease and highlighting the suffering of leprosy patients in the colony.

The Cinematic Professions Syndicate chose “Yomeddine” to represent Egypt in the 2019 Oscars list for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Oscars wasn’t the first recognition “Yomeddine” gets, as it was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival held a press conference with the Egyptian filmmakers of “Yomeddine” after its screening at the festival on May 9, 2018.

The screening was attended by many international actors, including Julianne Moore, Louise Bourgoin and Kiko Mizuhara. All the attendees praised the movie’s construction and drama line, as well as the directing technique adopted by Shawky in his debut feature.

“Yomeddine” is the first debut movie for an Egyptian director to participate in Cannes Film Festival's main competition.

The movie managed to grab the attention of all those who watched it. International media platforms were keen to put the spotlight on “Yomeddine”, writing extremely positive reviews about the movie, which presents an innovative mixture of tragedy, comedy, and condensed shots of emotions and sentiments.

“A man who has recovered from leprosy goes in search of the father who abandoned him in a sentimental drama that infantilizes its lead character,” wrote Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.

“Recalling about a thousand other titles, with the Lynch films ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘The Straight Story’ definitely near the top of the list, this is a picaresque road movie about two mismatched characters, with rookie director A.B. Shawky offering a motley and not entirely smooth cocktail of drama and melodrama, a dash of social critique and insight, some chuckles and a few tugs at the heartstrings, mainly by virtue of its near-virtuoso score,” wrote Boyd van Hoeij in The Hollywood Reporter.

"Yomeddine" recently won the best Foreign Language Contender Award at the Heartland Film Festival in Indiana. On February 14, the movie also won best movie award from the Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics, while stars Rady Gamal and Ahmed Hafez were awarded special jury awards.



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