I Have A Picture " Film No. 1001 in the Life of the Oldest Extra in the World" / Andy Sora " Film Rakam 1001 Fe Hayat Akdam Compars Fel Alam"
A walk through the nation’s cinematic history? Or through the characters’ memories? Or through the mind of the filmmaker? I Have a Picture seems to encompass all of the above. In this documentary, filmmaker Mohamed Zedan succeeds in fusing his personal obsessions with the rich lives of his two main characters: veteran extra Motawe Eweis and assistant director Kamal El Homossany.
The film begins with a voiceover where the director recounts his own personal story with cinema as medium, and the beginning of his interest in Eweis, the prolific extra. With the help of his friend, El Homossany, Zedan finally manages to reach Eweis, and the journey of making the film begins.
I Have a Picture… goes beyond the vast number of stories and gossip about the Egyptian film industry that flow from both Eweis and El Homossany, in themselves superbly entertaining, to explore the nature of life on the sidelines of show business, at the edge of the limelight.
While it starts as a simple portrait of an actor viewed by many to be a marginal presence in the industry, the film cleverly transforms into a muffled conflict between El Homossany and Zedan. The old assistant director, re-entering the world of cinema with a bunch of filmmakers he views as amateurs, sees in them a chance to show off his vast if outdated knowledge of filmmaking, while the young, independent filmmaker views this conflict as rich material for his film, turning into a second storyline that runs in parallel to that of his protagonist’s life.
Director: Mohamed Zedan
Producer: Mark Lotfy
Screenwriter: Mohamed Zedan
Director of Photography: Mohamad El-Hadidi
Editor: Mayye zayed
Cast: Motawe Eweis, Kamal ElHomossany, Mohamed Zedan
Sound: Micheal Fawzy
Production Company: Fig Leaf Studios, Rufy’s Films
Zedan is an independent filmmaker, born in May 1983. He pursued his studies in filmmaking at the Jesuit Cultural Center and has always been very interested in the history of cinema. He gives workshops about Cinema history at the French Cultural Centre in Alexandria, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and other cultural places. He joined MASS, a Video art workshop for contemporary art in Alexandria in 2013 and participated as an assistant artist in Sharjah Biennale. He has worked as an assistant director in a lot of short and feature films. One of the founders of Rufy's Film Company in Alexandria to support the independent filmmakers in Alexandria. He co-directed his First feature film; "The Mice Room," which was a collaborative feature film with 6 directors and got screened in the official competition at Dubai Film Festival and Sao Paulo Film Festival in 2014 and other festivals worldwide. Zedan's first feature documentary -“I Have A Picture”- was selected in DocMed workshop in 2013 and Final Cut in Venice workshop in 2014.
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