Young Egyptian actor, Ahmed Malek, was among four international rising stars selected for presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Others chosen alongside Ahmed Malek were Stéphane Bak (France), Josh Wiggins (USA), and Eleanor Worthington-Cox (England).
While making the announcement, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Cameron Bailey, said: “From a young stand-up comedian (Stéphane Bak) to an Olivier Award-winning musical performer (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), this diverse group is multi-talented and eager to make their mark. We’re so glad TIFF can provide this platform to help elevate them to the world stage”.
Born in Cairo in September 1995, Ahmed Malek had his first audition at age 8 when his uncle made him perform in a commercial. He had his first TV role in 2005, starring in the TV series, “Ayamna el Helwa” (Our Good Days).
Few years later, director Osama Farid cast him in the role of young Hassan al-Banaa, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the TV series “The Brotherhood”, considered the then-15-year-old Malek’s first cinematic breakthrough role.
Ahmed Malek also stars in the movie, “Sheikh Jackson”, which was chosen as the opening movie for the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival, held from Sept. 22 to 29, 2017.