Magazine article Screen International

Egypt's Zad Goes into Exile with Mact Productions

Magazine article Screen International

Egypt's Zad Goes into Exile with Mact Productions

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Amr Waked and Salah Al-Hanafy's Cairo-based Zad Communication is embarking on its first international co-production, teaming with Paris-based Mact Productions on The Exile, a romantic and political drama set against the backdrop of Luxor in the 1980s.

The $2.2m production, to be directed by Atef Hatata, will explore suppression and political corruption under the rule of deposed President Hosni Mubarak through the tale of a female French ceramics expert who goes to Egypt to study the work of a traditional master craftsman based in Qena.

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The Exile

The film will weave together various subplots including the woman's affair with a local police officer and religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in Qena. Waked will play the police officer and casting is ongoing in Paris for the female French lead. French DoP Rémy Chevrin is attached to the project.

The tale will unfold against the backdrop of the real-life production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida at the 3,500-year-old Pharaonic Temple in Luxor in 1987. …

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