A Day for Women| Clash| Barakah Meets Barakah
MAD Solutions Sends Three Films to the BFI London Film Festival
MAD Solutions has revealed the news on taking part of the 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival (5-16 October) with three MAD films; Clash, A Day for Women and Barakah Meets Barakah.
Successfully released in Egyptian theatres for five weeks by MAD Solutions, Clash is competing within the festival's Official Competition. The film also has been selected to represent Egypt at the 2017 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign-Language Film category. MAD Solutions is handling the distribution and marketing for A Day for Women which is landing its world premiere at the festival within the Debate Strand section. The Saudi film Barakah Meets Barakah is contending within the Laugh Gala section. MAD Solutions alongside Film Clinic-Indie Film Distribution (FCIFD) has announced the acquisition of the Arab world distribution rights to the Saudi film that represents Saudi Arabia at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Co-written by Khaled Diab and Mohamed Diab, who is also the director, Clash stars Nelly Karim, Tarek Abd El Aziz, Hany Adel, Ahmed Malek and others.
The film landed its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as it inaugurated the prestigious Un Certain Regard section. The Hollywood Reporter also selected Clash as one of the 10 Best Films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Tackling the political unrest that prevailed in Egypt in 2013, Clash's events take place in an 8-meter police truck, crammed with detainees representing different sects of society, their interaction with each other full of madness, violence, romance, and comedy.
About Barakah Meets Barakah
Produced by El Housh Productions, Barakah Meets Barakah is written and directed by Mahmoud Sabbagh. The film stars Hisham Fageeh and Fatima Al Banawi. The film will be commercially released soon in theatres across the Arab world. Barakah Meets Barakah has been selected for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada (8 -18 September) as part of the Special Presentations section. This comes after the film's win of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 66th Berlinale within the Forum section earlier this year.
Barakah Meets Barakah tells the story of two lovers who are united in an environment hostile to dating of any kind. He is Barakah, the municipal civil servant from Jeddah, who is also an amateur actor in a theatrical troupe. She is Barakah, a wild beauty, who functions as a crowd-puller for her stylish mother's boutique and runs her own widely-seen vlog. They both defy customs and traditions, as well as the religious police, using modern communication technologies and traditional dating methods.
About A Day for Women
Directed by Kamla Abouzekri, A Day for Women is produced by Elham Shahin (Shahin Film) and written by Hanaa Atiyah. The film stars a number of magnificent old and young stars including; Elham Shahin, Mahmoud Hemida, Farouk Al Fishawy, Ahmad Al Fishawy, Nelly Karim, Eyad Nassar, Nahed El Sebai, Ahmed Dawood and Hala Sedqi. The film has been selected to open the 38th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (15-24 November) where it is contending within the festival's Official Competition.
A Day for Women takes place in one of the slums in Egypt where a youth center decides to allocate one day on the swimming pool for women only and the consequences of this decision on the social, psychological and emotional life of the neighborhood's women.
BFI London Film Festival is one of the oldest 20 festivals according to its starting date. The first round of the festival was launched in 1953 with an aim to become the 'festival of festivals'. The BFI London Film Festival is known for its selectiveness for choosing the best films by the best directors from all over the world. The average number of films that compete at the festival have reached over 300 films from 50 countries around the world. It is considered one of the top 5 international festivals that attract audiences as its ticket sales have surpassed 160 thousand tickets. It is also known for hosting the biggest stars of European and international cinema, in addition to organizing events that allow the audience to interact with them.