Abu Bakr Shawky‘s award-winning film, “Yomeddine” has been selected to represent Egypt in the Foreign Language Award category at the 91st Academy Awards.
Written by Abu Bakr Shawky himself with Dina Emam as producer, the comedy movie examined friendship relations.
“Yomeddine” made its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, got nominated for the Palm d’Or and won the Francois Chalais prize.
The film has since continued to make waves in festivals across the world with screenings at the Melbourne Film Festival and coming on as closing film at the Bucharest Film Festival.
“Yomeddine” is expected to still screen at the BFI London Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and Filmfest Hamburg.
Naturally, the selection of the film to represent Egypt at the Oscars was a thrilling news and those involved with the project took to social media to express gratitude for the selection.
Director of the film, Abu Bakr Shawky said: ““I’m very grateful for the confidence that the committee has put in our film and as an Egyptian, I’m very happy to be able to represent our country on the global stage and hope to make Egypt proud.”
“Yomeddine” producer, Dina Emam also added said: “Thank you to the committee for believing in our film. The journey was very long and we’ve still got a road ahead of us but being Egypt’s official submission for the Foreign Film category is an honor like no other. I’m proud of our cast and crew and all the people around the world that have supported us along the way. I’m hoping we can continue to make Egypt proud”.
Abu Bakr Shawky had in the past directed movies like “Things I Heard on Wednesdays” (2013), “Martyr Friday” (2011), and “The Moozlims Are Coming” (2012) and was nominated for the Cannes Best Director Award this year.