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'Clash': Egyptian nail-biter is Egypt's Oscar entry

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'Clash': Egyptian nail-biter is Egypt's Oscar entry

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A hit in Cannes where it opened the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section, ‘Clash’ by Mohamed Diab has been selected as Egypt’s entry to the Oscars.

Set in Cairo in the violent summer of 2013, the film takes us on a suffocating journey inside a police van, where men, women and children of different political and religious backgrounds find themselves locked together.

If you suffer from claustrophobia, ‘Clash’ is not a film for you: entirely shot within the four walls of the sweltering police van, it is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The cast members all deliver impressive performances in what the director himself described as difficult shooting conditions, within an excessively confined space, over a period of just a few weeks.

The same goes for the director of photography, Ahmed Gabr. Working alone in the van with the actors, he rose to the challenge, offering a compelling cinematic experience.

Despite its chilling atmosphere, Mohamed Diab describes ‘Clash’ as a film about humanity and co-existence. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did, see you next week.

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