Clash, the second feature directed by Mohamed Diab (Cairo 678, PSIFF 2012) world-premiered in Cannes. The action takes place in July 2013, in the midst of riots pitting Egypt's pro-military supporters against the Muslim Brotherhood of the ousted President Morsi and unfolds almost entirely within the claustrophobic confines of a police van packed to bursting with detainees from different social and political backgrounds, including activists, journalists and mere bystanders.
This clever construct allows Diab to explore his country's divided, post-revolution society in a non-judgmental way by highlighting all the characters' common humanity. The director can boast Hollywood supporters such as Tom Hanks, who tweeted from the Croisette, "If there's any way you can see Clash by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, you must. You simply must. The film will break your heart, but enlighten all."
"A ferociously well-made film right through to the bitter end." Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
|Original Language Title:||Eshtebak|
|Running Time:||97 minutes|
|Producers:||Mohamed Hefzy, Eric Lagesse, Moez Masoud|
|Principal Cast:||Nelly Karim, Hany Adel, Tarek Abdel Aziz, Mai El Ghaity, Mohaem El Sebaey|
|Screenwriter:||Khaled Diab, Mohamed Diab|
|US Distributor:||Kino Lorber|
|International Sales Company:||Pyramide International|