Year of production : 2019 Format : Feature Running time : 90 (in minutes)
Since her husband went to jail, Hala has to face her suicidal thoughts alone. Her strength has to come from within as society does not help nor forgive a depressed woman, especially if she is a mother.
Hala has been living with the fear of abandonment since her father passed away when she was 18. She has clinical depression and tries to commit suicide several times, but she never goes all the way; she always leaves a little room for someone to rescue her. Now her loving husband, who would always come to the rescue, is facing trial for a simple mistake at work and she's left alone with her suicidal thoughts and a six-month-old daughter. She must find a way to change in order to carry out her duties as a mother and as a good wife to her jailed husband. Hala's main problem lies in facing herself, her fears and depression, and being there for her husband and her daughter.
A film by Hisham SAQR
Egypt, Feature drama, 90 mins, drama
starring Basma, Mohamed Sarhan
This film is director's debut.
Language: Arabic Genre: drama Release date: 15/02/2019 Runtime: 90 min GENRE / SPECS: Fiction / Color ESTIMATED RUNTIME: 100' LANGUAGE / SUBTITLES: Arabic / English BUDGET: € 350,000
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT I made a film about the idea of loss and how one can surprisingly find the inner strength to deal with it. It is about how a normal person who is emotionally fragile copes with this; incomprehensible emotions such as anxiety and depression that lead to suicidal thoughts. I have personally gone through all these feelings and thoughts so I started to think: What if the main character was a woman who has just had a child? Society is asking a lot of her, especially when being a mother and having her own child adds much more to the illogical fear and anxiety of losing even her own new-born girl. These complex emotions and how she finds a way to cope with them is what I am examining in my film. Hisham Saqr (White Feather)
Co-producer: Mohamed Samir (DayDream Art Production)
Directed by: Hisham Saqr Scriptwriter: Hisham Saqr DoP: Mostafa Sheshtawy Sound: Ibrahim Dessoky Music: Ahmed Saleh
MAIN CAST Basma, Mohamed Sarhan, Passant Shawky, Rafal Abdel Kader
MAIN PRODUCTION COMPANIES White Feather Film Production, Film Clinic
CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY Daydream Art Production
MAIN CONTACT PERSON Jessica El Khoury Film Clinic 141 Corniche el Nile, Maadi Cairo - Egypt E-MAIL: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE / CELL PHONE +202 25268050 +961 71792620
Producers' filmography Hisham Saqr started the project with his own company (White Feather) then joined the production of Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic, the award-winning company that has participated in many international festivals including Cannes' Un Certain Regard with Clash as an opening film in 2016 and Yomeddine in the main competition in 2018. Along the way, Mohamed Samir (DayDream Art Production) came on board as a co-producer. Samir has produced Factory Girl for the acclaimed Egyptian director Mohamed Khan and since then he has been focusing on 1st and 2nd time films for new upcoming directors.
2018 | Venice Film Festival, Italy * Selection - FINAL CUT IN VENICE 2018 (1 Sept - 3 Sept) - sixth edition of the workshop dedicated to the cinema industry of African countries and the Middle East * Producer: Jessica El Khoury * NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE FILM: Editing, sound editing and mixing, color grading, VFX, music composing and recording, subtitles, DCP * CURRENT RUNTIME / ESTIMATED RUNTIME: 50' / 100' * CURRENT STATUS OF THE FILM: Rough Cut * BUDGET / FINANCING NEEDED: € 350,000 / € 95,000 * Won: Support by Laser Film (Rome), giving € 15,000 for color correction, for up to 50 hours of work (technician included); * Won: Support by Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), giving up to € 5,000 * Won: Support (for one Arab project) by Lagoonie Film Production, giving up to € 5,000 http://static.labiennale.org/files/cinema/2018/Documenti/final-cut-in-venice-18.pdf
2018 | Karlovy Vary International Film festival * Selection - Works in Progress 2018 What's missing: additional financing or partners for the post-production stage, sales agent, festival premiere Working version of the film will be presented. www.kviff.com/en/film-professionals/book-of-projects/works-in-progress/2018