Following the success of his two-part documentary, Jews of Egypt, and his feature narrative Cairo Time director Amir Ramses is set to release his latest feature narrative, Curfew, which has been selected to compete in the official competition of the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival. This is the first Egyptian feature-length narrative the film confirmed for the 2020 edition of the festival.
Curfew witnesses the first collaboration between director Amir Ramses and Palestinian star Kamel El Basha, winner of La Biennale’s Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 74th Venice International Film Festival for his role in The Insult. This is also the first time Ramses works with renowned Egyptian actress Elham Chahine, whose latest film A Day for Women competed at several regional and international film festivals and won over 23 awards.
Set in Fall 2013, Curfew follows the story of Faten, who was released from prison after serving two decades due to committing a horrible crime. The curfew declared during that time forces Faten to spend one night with her daughter, Laila, who faces her mother with a second trial in search of answers. The night passes with both women trying to accept one another.
The film stars Elham Chahine, Kamel El Basha,Amina Khalil, Ahmed Magdy, and Mahmoud Elleithy. While the crew is led by; DOP Omar Abu Doma, art director Assem Ali, costume designer Nahed Nasrallah, editor Heba Osman and music composer Tamer Karwan. Curfew is a joint production between Red Star Films, S Productions, Team One Productions, The Cell Post-production and is written and directed by Amir Ramses.
Amir Ramses is an Egyptian director, who graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema in 2000. He initially worked as an assistant director in several films with international Egyptian director Youssef Chahine. His films toured many acclaimed film festivals; earning him several Arab awards. His documentary, Jews of Egypt, participated in Palm Springs Film Festivals, Montreal International Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival, among others. His feature film Cairo Time was the opening film for the Arabian Nights Program, at the 2014 Dubai International Film Festival. Ramses has been appointed as the artistic director of the El Gouna Film Festival since its first edition.