CAIRO — Egyptian cinemas will reopen their doors at the end of the Muslim fasting holiday Ramadan on Nov. 14 with increased local product for the Eid holiday period. Nine comic love films compared to four last year feature fewer stars and moderate budgets, paving the way for formula ruling the box-office with many veteran actors and directors now opting for TV or digital arthouse pix.
New romance entries include singer Khaled Seleem’s “It Was the Day of Your Love” by Ehab Lam’ee, following last year’s hit “First Year’s Con,” and Sherif Sha’aban’s comic “I Love You To Death.” Titles from other genres include a spoof on the popular game show genre “Hamada Is Playing” by Saiid Hamed and slapstick comedy “Leave Me or Else!” by Wael Sharkas, styled after “Adventures in Babysitting.”
Before Ramadan began in Oct., nine local pics rounded up $8.6 million in five months, bolstered by the construction of new multiplexes. Highest summer scorers were “A Husband With High Authority” starring vet comedian Adel Imam slapstick and “Oukal” by Mohamed El-Naggar. Youssef Chahine’s fourth biopic “Alexandria, New York” scored modestly well (since he plays better abroad) and continues to play in cinemas.