Release of rockumentary about Egypt's band Les Petits Chats

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Oct 2015

Renowned in the 1960s and throughout the 1980s, the well known Egyptian cover band returns in Sherif Nakhla's rockumetary whose trailer took social media by storm

Les Petits Chats
Lest Petits Chats, still from Sherif Nakhla's film (Photo: courtesy of Sherif Nakhla)

Many years have passed since the Egyptian renowned cover band Les Petits Chats made their stage appearance in their original lineup.

However, the newly released trailer announcing director Sherif Nakhla's film about the band has created a big commotion across social media. The trailer has been released by Middlewest Film, a development and co-production house founded in 2008 and powered by MAD Solutions.

Posted on Facebook on 28 September, to date the trailer has reached over 55,000 views and has been shared by several hundreds of Facebook users.

"Lovely memories", "great memories" and "can't wait to watch it" are among the comments posted by social media users on the director's as well as Middlewest Films' walls.

Les Petits Chats was launched in 1967 as a quintet that included vocalist and band manager Wagdi Francis, Ezzat Abou Ouf on keyboards, Omar Khairat on drums, and guitarists Freddy Rizk and Bert Andresia.

Throughout the years, the lineup changed many times, incorporating names such as saxophonist Lukas, singers Sobhi Bidair, Talaat Zein and Hussein Serag Rady, keyboardists Hany Shenouda and Hany Meimary, and guitarist Pino Phares.

As their popularity soared, concerts across Egypt were soon supplemented with regional appearances in Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, etc.

The band suspended performances in the late 1980s, yet Les Petit Chats made their return in 2009. In 2014, the four members of Les Petits Chats sang once again as the band at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Nakhla's film aims at portraying the band's history in the context of Egypt of the 1960s-1980s and the then-longings of the young generation. It deeply touches the nerve of many Egyptians whose youth is strongly entwined with those years, who followed the band, attended their concerts and enjoyed their covers of Western hits.

The young director began working on the film back in 2009, when Les Petits Chats announced their long awaited reunion with one concert that took place in the Palm Hills resort. It took him some time to gather material and establish the final format of the documentary.

The film will have its world premiere at the Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington DC in mid-October. Nominated for the festival's jury award, the film will open the festival.

Nakhla promises that the official release of the film in Egypt will take place some time in November/December 2015.

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