Egyptian filmmaker and blogger Amr Salama, who is best-known for potent Aids-themed drama “Asmaa,” is shooting black comedy “Excuse My French” (La Moakhza), about a Christian kid enrolled in an Islamic public school who finds himself forced to conceal his religious identity.
Long-gestating pic being produced by Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic shingle stands as testimomy to the fact that filmmaking continues to go on in Egypt despite all the political turbulence. Pic’s title/logo is pictured above.
Besides having to contend with an ongoing quasi civil war, the film’s very sensitive subject has also been plagued by problems with the Egyptian censorship authorities who had blocked it at one point.
“We’ve had months of delay, but we are continuing to shoot and almost have it wrapped,” Hefzy said.
Pic’s protag called Hany is played by 13-year-old actor Ahmed Dash, who is forced to change from private to public school after his father dies. He is mistaken for a Muslim and plays along to fit in with his new classmates, who are already mocking him for being from a privileged background.
Hany’s mother is played by Syrian star Kinda Alloush who is among guest Arab talent currently attending the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.