He is calling it a “love letter” to the people of Egypt after last year’s revolution.
Yet far away from Tahrir Square, amid the glitz and glamour of the Cannes film festival, Yousry Nasrallah has been presenting his latest work.
‘After the Battle’ tells the story of two people on opposite sides of the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
Nasrallah told reporters at the post-screening news conference that he made the film because the people of Egypt are not used to democracy and are taking their first steps towards regaining their dignity and loving themselves.
“A dictatorship makes you hate yourself,” he said.
‘After the Battle’ is one of 22 films in the main competition line-up at Cannes, competing for the coveted Palme d’Or prize.