The First Egyptian Film at the Festival Since 1999
Mohammed Hammad's Withered Green Marks the Sole Egyptian Film at the FIFF in Namur
Festival International Du Film Francophone De Namur (FIFF) (Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film) has selected Director Mohammed Hammad's film Withered Green to compete within the CompÃ©tition 1e Oeuvre De Fiction (Competition of Debut Feature Film) at the 31st edition of the festival which will be held from the 30th of September to the 6th of October in Belgium. Officially, Withered Green is the sole Egyptian film contending at the festival.
Most recently, Withered Green has competed within the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section at the 69th Locarno International Film Festival. Landing its world premiere, the film screening was attended by director/writer Hammad alongside producer/ DOP Mohammed El Sharqawy, producer Kholoud Saad and co-producer Mohamed Hefzy. After an impressive full-house three screenings, the film has pulled in a fourth exceptional screening on the audience's' demand. Withered Green has marked the first Egyptian participation at the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section within the festival.
The last Egyptian film has participated at the FIFF was director Radwan El Kashef's film Arak El Balah (Date Wine) in 1999 which has received two awards to the director and the film star Mohamed Nagaty.
Withered Green tells the story of young Iman, a conservative religious person, who takes people's opinions of her into account and shows uptight restriction to all the withering social traditions. However, a shocking prompts her to do away with all these withered traditions that she once clung to.
Written and directed by Mohammed Hammad, Withered Green is produced by Hammad, Kholoud Saad and Mohammed El Sharqawy in collaboration with producer Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic). MAD Solutions alongside Film Clinic-Indie Film Distribution (FCIFD) are handling the film distribution worldwide.
Mohammed Hammad is an Egyptian director with a number of short films in his repertoire. He wrote, produced, and directed the short film Central (2008). In 2010, he produced and directed the short film Pale Red, which took part in many international festivals, receiving several awards. Withered Green is Hammad's debut feature film.
The Festival International Du Film Francophone De Namur (FIFF) has been founded in 1986 as the Festival CinÃ©matographique De Wallonie (Film Festival of Wallonia). FIFF is recognized as one of the most popular and appreciated festivals of French cinema. The festival gathers representatives of the French-speaking countries and aims at creating a place of learning, sharing, and understanding.