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Mohamed Diab's 'Clash' Only Egyptian Film Selected For 69th Cannes Film Festival

The beloved Cannes Film Festival has just announced the list films selected to be screened at its 69th edition; making the cut, and representing the only Egyptian film selected, is Mohamed Diab's Clash (Eshtebak).

Egyptian appreciators of the arts will be excited to hear that Egyptian Director Mohamed Diab is heading to this year’s Cannes Film Festival. On Thursday, organisers of Cannes Film Festival announced that Diab’s film, Clash (Eshtebak), was selected as one of the films to be screened as part of the Un Certain Regard section of the Festival.

Written and directed by the multi-talented Diab in 2016, Clash explores the confrontations between pro and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators following the removal of president Mohamed Morsi from power on July 3rd, 2013.

Talking with Variety about the project back in 2014, Diab described his work saying, "The film portrays a very real and tense situation that brings out the worst and best of humanity."

Rising to prominence through his work as scriptwriter for El-Gezira and the sequel, Diab ventured into directing, debuting Cairo 678 in 2010. Taking place between the 11th – 22nd of May, the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is one of the largest festivals in the world and, as it stands, Diab’s Clash is the only film from Egypt that will be screened in Cannes’ official selection.


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