Egyptian director Mohamed Diab’s critically acclaimed film, Clash, won the Grand Prix Award and the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the fifth edition of the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival in Canada.
The 2016 film, co-written by Mohamed and Khaled Diab, portrays the political unrest which prevailed in Egypt in 2013 in an unconventional way: all of the film’s events take place inside of an eight-meter long police truck. Inside the truck, each of the detainees represents a segment of society, and their interactions are representative of those which take place on a larger scale.
Since its release, the film has earned national and international awards at many a prominent festival, including the Egyptian Film Association Festival, the Cairo International Film Festival, the Carthage Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, the Zagreb International Film Festival, the Valladolid Film Festival, and more.
Clash was chosen to open the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016, and was presented as Egypt’s official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Diab wrote the scripts of several well-known Egyptian films, including El-Gezira 1 and 2 (2007 and 2014) and Decor (2014), among others. His directorial debut came with Cairo 678 (2010), starring Bushra, Nelly Karim and Maged El-Kedwany.
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