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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
The Gate of Departure  Poster
2014/ Egypt65 min/ Drama
Original Title
Bab El-Wadaa
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.
Salwa Khattab
Ahmed Magdy
Amaal Abdel Hady
Shams Labib
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
Ahmed Magdy
film festivals
film festivals Jesuit Film Festival, Egypt
film festivals Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, USA
film festivals Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
film festivals Arab Film Festival Berlin (ALFILM), Germany
film festivals Luxor Arab and European Film Festival, Egypt
film festivals Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Sudan
film festivals Kalamazoo World Languages Film Festival, USA
film festivals Silk Road Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland
film festivals Egyptian National Film Festival, Egypt
film festivals The South Film Days Festival (Südfilmtage), Germany
film awards
film awards Silver Pyramid Award for Best Artistic Contribution at the Cairo International Film Festival
Best Egyptian Film in 2015 at the Egyptian Film Critics Association (EFCA)
Six awards at the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival: Special Jury Award, Best Cinematography (Zaki Aref), Best Music (Rageh Daoud), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Salwa Khattab), Certificate of Appreciation
Six awards at the Egyptian Cinema Film Association Festival, Best Film, Best Director (Karim Hanafy), Best Cinematography (Zaki Aref), Best Music (Rageh Daoud), Best Sound (Alaa El Kashef), Best Poster Design (Theodore Amin)
Four awards at the Faten Hamama Film Festival, Best Feature Film, Best Director (Karim Hanafy), Best Cinematography (Zaki Aref), Best Actress (Amaal Abdel Hadi)
The Jury Award and the Second Production Award for Khaial Art Production at the Egyptian National Film Festival
“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.” ScreenDaily - Tiffany Pritchard

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