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The Gate of Departure

Director: Karim Hanafy
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The film topped film critic Mohamed Rouda's list of 10 Best Arab Films that were screened in festivals in 2014.
Forga Magazine chose the film as the Best Egyptian Film in 2015, and its stars, Ahmed Magdy and Salwa Khattab, were listed among the Best 5 Actors/Actresses in 2015.
A visual experience that does not adopt a conventional narrative conformity, rather, it is built upon poetic associations between scenes that form expressive tableaus closest in their structure to that of metaphorical poetry that alludes and gesture more than it reveals.
Screened in six Egyptian governorates during the Jesuit Film Festival.
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2014/ Egypt65 min/ Drama
Original Title
Bab El-Wadaa
SYNOPSIS
A young man dreams of exploring the world as he grows up in isolation with his grandmother, who decides to lock him up in the house due to her fears that he would abandon her just as his father did.
CAST
Salwa Khattab
Ahmed Magdy
Amaal Abdel Hady
Shams Labib
CREW
Screenwriter: Karim Hanafy
DOP: Zaki Aref
Editor: Amir Ahmed
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Production Company(ies)
Khaial Art Production with support from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture
Producer(s)
Ahmed Magdy
film festivals
Jesuit Film Festival, Egypt
Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, USA
Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Arab Film Festival Berlin (ALFILM), Germany
Luxor Arab and European Film Festival, Egypt
Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Sudan
Kalamazoo World Languages Film Festival, USA
Silk Road Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland
Egyptian National Film Festival, Egypt
South Film Days Festival (Südfilmtage), Germany
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Egyptian Film Critics Association (EFCA), Egypt
Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival, Egypt
Film Society Festival for Egyptian Cinema, Egypt
Faten Hamama Film Festival, Egypt
film awards
Silver Pyramid Award for Best Artistic Contribution at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Best Egyptian Film in 2015 at the Egyptian Film Critics Association (EFCA), Egypt
Special Jury Award, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and a Certificate of Appreciation at the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival, Egypt
Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Poster Design at the Film Society Festival for Egyptian Cinema, Egypt
Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress at the Faten Hamama Film Festival, Egypt
Jury Award and Second Production Award for Khaial Art Production at the Egyptian National Film Festival, Egypt
Quotes
“Pushing boundaries both in story and style, Hanafy compares the film to a haiku poem, where structure ebbs and flows in long, meditative sequences, interrupted with bursts of colour and emotion.” Tiffany Pritchard - Screen Daily

“This visually stunning but narratively opaque experimental film is strictly for the festival circuit.” Franck Scheck - The Hollywood Reporter