Magazine article Screen International

Media Luna Boards Sales on TIFF Discovery Title ‘Certified Mail’ (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Media Luna Boards Sales on TIFF Discovery Title ‘Certified Mail’ (Exclusive)

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The film stars Egyptian actress Basma, best known internationally for her recurrent role in FX’s political drama Tyrant.

German sales outfit Media Luna has acquired international sales rights to Egyptian director Hisham Saqr’s debut feature Certified Mail ahead of its premiere in TIFF’s Discovery line-up in September.

Popular Egyptian actress Basma, best known internationally for her recurrent role in FX’s political drama Tyrant, plays a new mother who falls into a deep depression following the arrest and imprisonment of her husband. It is a rare exploration of the attitudes and taboos around female mental health in Arab society.

Certified Mail offers a unique glimpse of everyday life in Egypt and of how women have to stand strong in a world of opposing values. The film brilliantly explores the depths of his fascinating main character,” said Media Luna New Films CEO Ida Martins.

The feature was produced by Saqr, under the banner of White Feather Film Production, and Mohamed Hefzy of Egyptian production powerhouse Film Clinic.

Hefzy’s previous credits include the TIFF 2017 title Sheikh Jacksonby Amr Salama and Clash by Mohamed Diab, which opened Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2016.

The producer got to know Saqr through his work as an editor on previous Film Clinic productions such as the 2010 comedy dramaMicrophone by Ahmed Abdalla and 2012 political drama Winter Of Discontent by Ibrahim El-Batout. …

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