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After his victory at the Cannes Film Festival, the director of the film “I raised my eyes to the sky”: Human resources in Upper Egypt are the secret of the victory of the work 2024 - drweud
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After his victory at the Cannes Film Festival, the director of the film “I raised my eyes to the sky”: Human resources in Upper Egypt are the secret of the victory of the work


Director Ayman Al-Amir, during a telephone conversation with journalist Amr Adeeb in the Al-Hekaya program, after his film “I Raised My Eyes to the Sky” won the Golden Eye Award for Best Film documentary at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director Ayman Al-Amir said during the speech: “We were proud when we won, and we shot the film for 4 years and lived with the heroines of the film in Minya and the heart of Upper Egypt . They were trying to say things about themselves. , like education and their life… and we wanted to make their dream come true and let everyone know them.

Ayman Al-Amir added: “The main hero of the success of the film’s story is the potential human wealth in Upper Egypt, the existing energies and human feelings that touched the people in the film. »

After his victory at the Cannes Film Festival, the director of the film “I raised my eyes to the sky”: Human resources in Upper Egypt are the secret of the victory of the work

Ayman continued his speech: “Critics and foreign press praised the film, and the idea that we received an award at the Cannes Film Festival is of course an important thing, and the girls themselves received an award and people saw their journey and that their dreams can come true through work.

Regarding his wish for the film, Ayman expressed: “I hope the film will be shown on television and in cinemas.”

Regarding his participation in a feature film, Ayman explained: “I made a documentary film at the Cannes Film Festival which is no less important than a feature film, and I Raised My Eyes to the Sky is the first Egyptian documentary film to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Cannes, and the festival is important and makes people dream because it highlights people’s works and transmits their message.

It is worth noting that 22 documentary films were nominated for the award, which were screened in all sections and programs of the Cannes Film Festival, among them works by such great directors as Oliver Stone, Ron Howard and Claire Simon.

The film received a warm reception at its world premiere during the Critics’ Week competition of the Cannes Film Festival, in the presence of the directors, the working team and the heroines of the film from the Panorama Barca team . It also received local, Arab, and international critical acclaim, as major international newspapers wrote about the film, including Le Monde, Variety and Screen Daily.

The film is directed by Nada Riad and Ayman Al-Amir, with the Panorama Barsha Theater team, Magda Masoud, Heidi Sameh, Monica Youssef, Marina Samir, Maryam Nassar, Lydia Haroun and Justina Samir, the team’s founder, and produced by Feluka. Movies.

The events of the film revolve around a group of girls who decide to create a theater troupe and perform their plays, inspired by popular Saidi folklore, in the streets of their small village to shed light on the issues that concern them, as the beginning of marriage, domestic violence and the education of girls, while they have dreams that exceed the sky. The village of Al-Barsha, in Minya governorate, hosted the film crew for many years.

Directors Nada Riad and Ayman Al-Amir previously screened their short film (Trap) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, and their film received a special mention from the Cairo International Film Festival the same year. Their documentary film (Happy Endings) was also screened in 2016 at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, one of the largest and most important documentary film festivals in the world.

(I Raised My Eyes to the Sky) is produced by Feluka Films, executive producer Mohamed Khaled, assistant directors Hamis El-Balshi and Wadha Hamdy, cinematographers Dina El-Zenini, Ahmed Ismail and Ayman El- Amir, sound recording by Mustafa Shaaban, Sameh Nabil, Osama Jbeil and Shedwi Ali, original soundtrack by Ahmed El-Sawy, editing by Véronique Lagward, Ahmed Magdy Morsi, Ayman Al-Amir and Nada Riad. And the film’s PR in Egypt and the Middle East, Carrots Company, Marwa Al-Sawy, coordinating the girls’ clothing during their media appearances, Nada Hossam, in cooperation with Mystic, La Blanca, Cache, Indira and Rana Ghazy Jewellery. .

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