Winter of Discontent

Winter of Discontent  {El sheita elli fat}
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Winter of Discontent
El sheita elli fat
Egypt, 2013, 96 Minute Running Time
Topics: Drama, Middle East, Political
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

Awards: Dubai FF: Best Actor; Montpellier FF: Critic’s Prize

This hard-hitting political thriller delivers a searing account of the root causes of the Egyptian revolution.

Set against the momentous backdrop of the Tahrir Square protests, it offers a compellingly raw, starkly moving, multi-perspectival vision of the lives of an activist, Amr (played by Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’s Amr "Waked", who also produces); a journalist, Farah; and a state security officer, Adel, among others. Amr’s anguish as a victim of Hosni Mubarak’s police state in 2009 is interwoven with the pivotal events of 2011 that changed the face of Egypt.

As the story unfolds we are propelled into the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror and uncertainty that characterized the last days of Mubarak's rule.

“There is a remarkable formal technique and artistry in this movie, a fascinating insight into state oppression. One campaigner, beaten and bruised after a stay in the cells, brilliantly declaims: 'My relationship with politics is strictly sexual!' That is, his politics are not abstract, they take the concrete and physical form of having been violently abused. A fascinating film.”
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Winner: Best Actor, Dubai Film Festival; Critics Award, Montpellier Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Ibrahim El- Batout
Producer: Salah Alhanafy, Ibrahim El-Batout, Amr Waked, Ahmed El Zoghby, Tamer Mortada
Editor: Hisham Saqr
Screenwriter: Ahmed Amer, Ibrahim El-Batout, Yasser Naeim, Habi Seoud
Cinematographer: Victor Credi
Music: Ahmed Mostafa Saleh
Principal Cast: Amr Waked, Salah Alhanafy, Salah Hanafy, Moataz Mosallam, Tamer Abdul-Hamid
Filmography: Hawl (2010)
Eye of the Sun (2008)
Ithaki (2005)
Print Source: Double Dutch

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