The film is co-written by director Ayten Amin and Mahmoud Ezzat in their second collaboration after 'Villa 69' (2013).
Cannes Film Festival has announced that Egyptian director Ayten Amin’s new feature Souad will be part of the official selection of the 2020 edition.
The Festival’s Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux revealed the list of 56 films that will make up the 73rd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. While the festival’s physical edition was cancelled in May following the French government’s ban on large-scale events to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival grouped the presented titles in one single list, without placing them in their traditional categories.
Souad is a co-production between Egyptian producer Sameh Awaad, marking his production debut, Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha (Weldi), producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy (Clash), and Egyptian producer Mark Lotfy (Dreamaway).
The film will be distributed in the Arab world by Film Clinic Indie Distribution (FCID). The film is co-written by director Ayten Amin and Mahmoud Ezzat in their second collaboration after Villa 69 (2013), which received the Special Jury Award for a Film from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Villa 69 was produced by Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic.
The film follows the story of two teenage sisters who live in a Delta city in Egypt. One of them leads a virtual life, which she keeps as a secret from their conservative family. The film has been shot in different cities outside of Cairo.