15/05/2013

Egyptian director Ibrahim El Batout probes human organ trafficking in The Cat

El Batout to shoot Cairo-set thriller, produced by and starring Amr Waked

Industry, Egypt

Egyptian director Ibrahim El Batout probes human organ trafficking in The Cat

Egyptian auteur Ibrahim El Batout (Winter of Discontent) will this week start shooting Cairo-set action thriller The Cat, about human organ trafficking in Egypt, with Amr Waked (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) producing and attached to star, writes Nick Vivarelli for Variety.

The Cat has a topical hook. Egypt’s recent political upheavals have left a law enforcement gap in the country, allowing mob-led organ-trafficking rings to thrive, according to reports.

Also attached to star is Palestinian Mohammad Bakri (Private), Egyptian actress-model Sarah Shaheen, and Salah Al Hanafy, who played the sadistic security officer in El Batout’s Winter of Discontent, among Egypt’s first post-revolution films.

Winter of Discontent will be sold by Canada’s Double Dutch at the Cannes Market.

Like Winter of Discontent, The Cat is produced by Waked and Al Hanafy’s Zad, which they launched after the 2011 Tahrir Square uprising to make films depicting Egypt from new, uncensored angles.

Zad has also inked with Gallic producer Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre (Lemon Tree) who has boarded The Exile by Atef Hetata, Youssef Chahine’s longtime assistant, set to shoot in October in Luxor. The Exile, set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a production of Aida in Luxor, turns on an incident that sparks Christian-Muslim tensions with present-day ramifications.

Waked will star as a Muslim cop who falls in love with a French set decorator who is a Coptic Christian. Casting is under way for a Gallic star to board The Exile, the rare case of a co-production between Egypt and France from script stage.

 

Source: Variety

Photo: Al-Ahram

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