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Cannes Market Previews: Controversial Egyptian Revolution Drama 'Winter of Discontent'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 14, 2013 at 11:03AM

It was one of the biggest news events of the last decade, so it was only a matter of time before films centered on the Arab Spring flooded the marketplace. We've covered quite a few, both fiction and non-fiction, and I'm sure there are more to come.
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Still From "Winter Of Discontent"
Still From "Winter Of Discontent"

It was one of the biggest news events of the last decade, so it was only a matter of time before films centered on the Arab Spring flooded the marketplace. We've covered quite a few, both fiction and non-fiction, and I'm sure there are more to come.

Here's one of the higher-profile films that you should look out for.

Toronto-based sales company Double Dutch International has picked up world distribution rights to Ibrahim El Batout’s lauded drama Winter of Discontent, which is set and filmed against the backdrop of the early days of the Egyptian revolution - the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January 2011, interweaving multiple stories including that of a political activist, a journalist and a state security officer.

The film stars Egyptian star Amr Waked (best known internationally for his performances in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Syriana) who plays the political activist.

Double Dutch will take the controversial film to the Cannes market this week, where it'll screen for international buyers/distributors, so we won't know about its USA prospects until sometime after.

It's drawn some controversy because of its raw and honest handling of the sensitive and explosive subject matter it tackles.

Audiences will get to witness first-hand the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror and uncertainty that characterized the last days of Mubarak’s rule.  In fact my first day of shooting on the movie was actually in the chaotic mayhem of Tahrir Square, on the day before Mubarak stepped down from power,” Amr Waked said.

He also co-produced the film through his Cairo-based company Zad Communication & Production

A taut trailer for the drama follows below, although the sound is a bit off:


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