Egyptian filmmaker focuses on country's uprising
Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked (“Syriana”) is seeking an international partner for “R for Revolution,” a naturalistic drama being touted as the country’s first feature following Egypt’s uprising.Directed by Ibrahim El Batout, whose drama “Eye of the Sun” took the top nod at Italy’s Taormina fest in 2008, “R for Revolution” started shooting during the first few days of the turmoil in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. “The movie happened like the revolution,” said Waked, who is producing and also stars. “I got a call from Ibrahim, who asked me to bring my equipment down to Tahrir Square. I said, ‘Let’s start shooting now,’” Waked recounted. “The film is really about the resons why there was a revolution from a human perspective. Why did humanity reject this regime?” “As soon as Mubarak resigned, a couple of days later, we stopped filming and then we decided to sit down and study the dramatic progression properly.” Pic interweaves the perspectives of three main characters: a computer tecchie, a feisty female news anchor and an Egyptian secret police officer. The self-financed pic, budgeted at roughly $1 million, is shot with hi-def digital RED One Mysterium X Cameras which will be transferred to film. It will finish filming at the end of May with hopes to bow at Venice. Waked is seeking either an international sales agent or a co-producer. “We believe that if we get an international investor we can benefit artistically as well as financially,” he said. Besides Waked, the cast comprises young professional Egyptian stage and TV actors, including Farah Youssef (“In Natural Colors”). Pic is produced by Waked in tandem with prominent Middle East post-production company Aroma and the helmer’s Ain Shams shingle.