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New Century to make Cotton tale

19 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Egyptian production company to produce first film to team director Amr Salama and Ahmed Helmy.

Egyptian production company New Century Production will produce Cotton And Mice – the first project to team director Amr Salama and the Arab world’s biggest star Ahmed Helmy.

The film is a comedy but the filmmakers and star are keeping the story under wraps, which is customary with Helmy’s projects. Scripted by Mostafa Helmy, the film also stars Yasmine Rais and Dalal Abd El Aziz.

Currently in production, the film will be given the widest day-and-date release ever across the region at the end of July when it goes out on 100 screens.

Salama’s credits include a segment of documentary Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad, And The Politician and recent hit Excuse My French, about a Christian kid who is forced to conceal his religious identity at an Islamic public school.

“The Egyptian film industry has staged a robust »

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The Square – review | Peter Bradshaw

9 January 2014 3:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jehane Noujaim's documentary plunges viewers into the revolutionary maelstrom of Egypt's Tahrir Square, shedding light on an extraordinary, ongoing story

British audiences have already had a chance to see two fascinating movies about the ongoing Egyptian revolution. Ibrahim El-Batout's Winter of Discontent and Ahmad Abdalla's Rags and Tatters, in their different ways, gave piercing insights into its agony and euphoria.

Now Jehane Noujaim's The Square (right) gives an immersive and atmospheric account of what it's like to be plunged into the revolutionary maelstrom of Tahrir Square: a world of passionate dedication and confusion; a torrent of YouTube testimony, shifting alliances and a mysterious sense that the army can go overnight from being the good guys to the bad guys and back again. In 2011, a colossal people's gathering in the square ousted the cynical, complacent Hosni Mubarak – and the army appeared to guarantee the people's safety. But »

- Peter Bradshaw

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