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Egypt's Winter of Discontent at Venice Film Festival

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Egypt's Winter of Discontent at Venice Film Festival

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It is a film title to sum up events in Egypt, ‘Winter of Discontent’. As director Ibrahim el-Batout stood among the crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the eve of Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow last year, his first instinct was to start filming.

A call to actor Amr Waked and actress Farah Youssef, and within a few hours the trio were shooting a scene in Tahrir in which a man searches for his girlfriend amid the throng. ‘Winter of Discontent’ was in production.

The movie sends out a message of hope that marks a more upbeat departure for the Egyptian director who spent almost two decades portraying the despair of war.

Watch out video report for a taste of the film and some thoughts from the director.