Egyptian director Fawzi Saleh’s Hamlet from the Slums selected for Cannes’ L’Atelier

Eslam Omar , Thursday 24 Mar 2022

'Hamlet From the Slums', the new film by Egyptian director Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, has been selected among 16 projects for the Festival de Cannes’ L’Atelier programme that aims to "encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers."

Ahmed Fawzi Saleh

“Together with their producers, they will be able to meet potential partners, a necessary step to finish their project and start the making of their film,” stated the prestigious festival on Tuesday, saying L’Atelier “provides its participants with access to international co-productions, thus accelerating the film’s completion.”

'Hamlet from the Slums’ is produced and co-written by Ahmed Amer and stars Ahmed Dash.

Saleh, 40, who is a 2009 graduate of the High Cinema Institute, is director, writer, and producer.

He is best known for his critically-acclaimed 2018 film Poisonous Roses. 

The multi-awarded filmmaker, whose script for the 2020 TV series 'The Thief' is among his latest works, is also known for his 2010 documentary 'Living Skin'.

Since it was created in 2005 to “to stimulate creative filmmaking and encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers,” L’Atelier has worked on 231 projects. 

Other Arab directors selected for  L’Atelier are Sudanese Suzannah Mirghani with 'Cotton Queen', Iraqi Ali Al-Fatlawi with 'The Blind Ferryman', and Palestinian Ihab Jadallah with 'The Doubt'. 

From 21 to 27 May, L’Atelier will arrange meetings with directors and film industry professionals interested in investing in its projects.

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