release date October 25 2021
Mohamed Diab's Amira Lands Arab World Premiere at El Gouna Film Festival
Amira, by director Mohamed Diab, landed its Arab world premiere at the Feature Narrative Competition of the 5th El Gouna Film Festival. The film’s screening witnessed a massive attendance of audience that included public figures and members of the press, in the presence of the film’s director Mohamed Diab, cast Saba Mubarak,, Tara Abboud, producers Mohamed Hefzy and Sarah Goher, as well as writers Khaled, and Sherine Diab.

In addition, media as well as public figures attended the screening, The film received numerous positive feedback from the audience in the hall after the show.

Amira has previously won three awards at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, where it landed its world premiere at the Orizzonti competition. The awards are Lanterna Magica Award, presented by Cinecircoli Giovanili Socioculturali (CGS), Enrico Fulchignoni Award, presented by Conseil International du Cinéma, de la Télévision et de la Communication Audiovisuelle (CICT-UNESCO), and 10th INTERFILM Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue.

Aside from winning three awards at Venice International Film Festival, Amira received a 7-minute standing ovation upon its premiere at the festival, and gained international acclaim from critics and audience alike, who applauded the film’s director, cast, and creators. All this makes the film the most anticipated Arab film of this year.

Amira, a 17-year-old Palestinian, was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father, Nawar. Although their relationship since birth has been restricted to prison visits, he remains her hero. His absence in her life is overcompensated with love and affection from those surrounding her. But when a failed attempt to conceive another child reveals Nawar’s infertility, Amira’s world turns upside down.

Amira features a stellar Pan-Arab cast, including Saba Mubarak, Ali Suliman, and Tara Abboud, who lands her first cinematic leading role as Amira, as well as Kais Nashif and Waleed Zuaiter. The film is written by the trio Mohamed, Khaled, and Sherine Diab and edited by Ahmed Hafez who previously worked with Mohamed Diab on Clash film.

The film is produced by Film Clinic (Mohamed Hefzy), Agora Audiovisuals (Mona Abdelwahab), Acamedia Pictures (Moez Masoud), in co- production with Taher Media Production (Youssef El Taher) and The Imaginarium Films (Rula Nasser). Also, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, Amira Diab and Sarah Gohar are the film’s producers, Hisham El Araby is the executive producer, and Daniel Ziskind is the associate producer. The film has previously received funding from The Royal Film Commission Jordan – RFC. Pyramide Films is in charge of the international sales, and its marketing is handled by MAD Solutions, which also handles the film’s distribution across the Arab world along with Lagoonie Film Production.

"Mohamed Diab is a prominent Egyptian filmmaker who began his career as a screenwriter. His work has achieved commercial success in the Middle East and gained an international acclaim. In 2010, he made his directorial debut 678, about a trio of female vigilantes who fight sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo. Paulo Coelho tweeted about the film, saying, " It should be mandatory for men, regardless their religion/culture, to watch it". In 2016, he worked on the Cannes Un Certain Regard opener, Clash (2016), an action-packed political thriller shot entirely from within the confines of a police truck. The film was praised by Tom Hanks who urged people to see it, for "it will break your heart, but enlighten all." His latest film Amira (2021) offers an alternative perspective into the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Mohamed is currently directing the upcoming Disney+ and Marvel Studios series Moon Knight.