Magazine article Screen International

Egypt's Zad Set to Let Cat out of the Bag

Magazine article Screen International

Egypt's Zad Set to Let Cat out of the Bag

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EXCLUSIVE: Egypt's burgeoning independent film scene will be the subject of a new documentary being produced by Amr Waked and Salah Al-Hanafy's Cairo-based Zad Communication.

Entitled The Cat's House, the medium-length work revolves around the shoot of Ibrahim El-Batout's organ-trafficking thriller The Cat over the summer. Zad's upcoming slate also includes Ossama Fawzy's Rosy Black, which is in development, and Atef Hatata's The Exile.

Talking about The Cat's House, Al-Hanafy said: "The ongoing struggle between the distributors and independent producers will be the main focus in the documentary."

A raft of independent film companies - lead by the likes of Zad and Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic - have sprung up in the wake of the revolution in 2011. Although garnering praise on the festival circuit, recent indie productions such as Winter Of Discontent and Coming Forth By Day have had a tough time finding screens at home.

Young filmmaker Bahaa Talees, who was on the set of The Cat, is directing The Cat's House. Zad is covering 50% of the budget and looking for co-production partners to fund another eight days of shooting and post-production.

It will combine footage from the set of The Cat and interviews with independent filmmakers and one of the major distributors as well as archive footage of Egyptian classics. …

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