Hadi El Bagoury Wins Best Director
10 Awards Went to Hepta: The Last Lecture at the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA)
Hepta: The Last Lecture won the highest number of awards at the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA) reaching 10 awards. The awards are: Best Film and Best Director to Hadi El Bagoury, Best Actor to Maged El Kedwany, Best Screenplay to Wael Hamdy, Best Editing to Ahmed Hafez, Best Soundtrack to Hesham Nazih, Best Sound Editing to Bassem El Elaimy, Best Sound Mixing to Ahmed Gaber, Best Hair Styling to Haitham Dahab and Best Song to Donia Samir Ghanem for Hekaya Wahda.
The Arabian Cinema Awards are divided into 25 categories through a voting system by the ACA members who are directly involved in the Arab filmmaking industry. The Arabian Cinema Awards ceremony is inspired by the Oscars, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The first edition of the Arabian Cinema Awards ceremony was held in March 2016 to celebrate the most outstanding talents and achievements of the films produced in the previous year.
Since the beginning of 2017, Hepta: The Last Lecture won six awards at the 65th Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival, four awards from Dear Guest Magazine (DG Awards) and the Audience Award at the Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington, making more than 20 awards. The film topped the Egyptian box office with revenues that surpassed EGP 27 million, becoming the highest-grossing romantic film in the history of Egyptian cinema. Moreover, the film took part in five other festivals: Malm√∂ Arab Film Festival, Arab Camera Festival in Rotterdam, Cairo International Film Festival, Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba (FAFM) and the Arab Cinema Week in New York.
Hepta: The Last Lecture is based on Mohamed Sadek's best-selling book, which portrays the seven stages of love through four paralleled stories. Mohamed Sadek's novel topped the charts in Egypt and throughout the Arab world for several weeks.
The film cast list includes: Amr Youssef, Maged El Kedwany, Ahmed Malek, Ahmed Dawood, Dina El Sherbiny, Yasmine Raeis, Jamila Awad, Hany Adel, Ahmed Bedeir, together with Salwa Mohamed Aly, Kinda Alloush, Anoushka, Mohamed Farrag, and Nelly Karim, along with Shereen Reda and the two kids, Abdallah Azmi and Lina Ben Haman. The film is a joint production between Hani Osama's The Producers, Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic, and Amgad Sabry's iProductions. The film is marketed by MAD Solutions. The adaptation has been scripted by Wael Hamdy. The film's crew includes Directors of Photography Gamal El Boushy and Leo Carbotta, alongside Production Designer Hend Haidar and Production Manager Mohamed El Hady.