Nasrallah's 'Battle' to bow in spring
PARIS — MK2 has picked up French distribution and international sales rights to Egyptian helmer Yousry Nasrallah’s “After the Battle.”Set during the Arab Spring against the backdrop of the political upheavals in Cairo, pic turns on the unlikely romance between an educated young woman, who is a Tahir Square revolutionary, and a poor camel herder, who is being coerced by supporters of the country’s leader, Hosni Mubarak. Egyptian thesps Mena Shalaby (“Microphone”) and Bassem Samra (“The Aquarium”) topline. Pic shot in Cairo for six months — a reportedly perilous experience because of the civil unrest and military presence. An MK2 spokesperson said it was important for Nasrallah to lense on location, as he wanted to film “After the Battle” in the same spirit as Roberto Rossellini’s “Europa 51.” Nasrallah previously directed one of the shorts in the politically engaged collective, “18 Days,” which unspooled at Cannes. “Battle” is co-produced by Egypt’s New Century and Georges-Marc Benamou’s Paris-based Siecle Prods., and backed by pubcaster France Televisions and Studio 37. “Battle” is now in post-production. MK2 plans a French theatrical release in the spring.