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Marwan Hamed

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Egyptian helmer Hamed virtually transformed the Egyptian film biz with his blockbusting 2006 adaptation of Alaa Aswany’s bestselling novel “The Yacoubian Building.” Assembling an all-star cast, which included legendary local box office champ Adel Imam, the then-30-year-old rookie fearlessly smashed taboos ranging from homosexuality, Islamic fundamentalism and government corruption to deliver the biggest Arab hit of the year. Hamed is lensing his follow-up project “Ibrahim the White,” a gritty crime drama which re-unites him with Hend Sabri, arguably the most exciting Arab actress working today.

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