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Dubai Festival: Romantic Drama ‘Hepta’ Set to Shoot in Cairo This Month

Egyptian romantic drama “Hepta — The Last Lecture” is set to start shooting this month in Cairo, directed by multi-hyphenate Hadi El Bagoury (“Wahed Saheh”). The ensemble Egyptian A-list cast comprises Maged El Kedwany (“678”), Ahmed Malek (“Clash”), Ahmed Dawood (“Before The Summer Crowds”) and Yasmine Raeis (“Factory Girl”).

Based on the eponymous novel by Mohamed Sadek, which sold widely across the Arab world, “Hepta” takes its title from the Greek word for the number seven. The pic turns on a lecture given by a famous psychiatrist at Cairo University about the seven stages he theorizes are necessary to experience fullness in love. It will weave four narrative threads about couples at different stages in life.

Hadi El Bagoury, whose credits “Blair Witch”-like chiller “Warda,” is also producing through his Cairo-based the Producers shingle. Young scribe Wael Hamdy (“Mikano”) penned the script.

“We did some clever tweaks to the book to make the characters intersect,” said producer Hani Osama, co-founder with El Bagoury of the Producers. Osama is at the Dubai Film Festival with veteran Egyptian director Mohamed Khan’s ligh t satire on the Egyptian middle class “Before The Summer Crowds.”

Osama also underscored the universal theme of the pic, which “gives it crossover potential,” he said.

“Hepta — The Last Lecture” is being produced by the Producers in collaboration with prominent producer Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic with another partner soon expected to come on board.

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