Egyptian director Abu Bakr Shawky, whose first film “Yomeddine” – about a man raised in a leper colony, who embarks with a young sidekick and a donkey on a journey across Egypt – had the rare distinction of making the competition cut for Cannes, is back behind the camera on the ambitious Saudi-set travel movie “Hajjan." Somewhat similarly to "Yomeddine," which made a splash on the fest circuit in 2018, "Hajjan" – which was formerly titled "Sea of Sands" –...
Hefzy stepped down as president of the Cairo Film Festival in March after four years as its president, during which time he expanded the event’s international profile, establishing better relationships with sales agents and distributors and creating a new section for industry pros. But that didn’t mean the industry veteran was idle. He began production on two major films through his Film Clinic prodco: “Hajjan,” Abu Bakr Shawky’s follow-up to 2018’s sweet road-trip film “Yomeddine,” and “Voy Voy Voy,” toplined by Egyptian stars Mohamed Farrag and Nelly Karim. Best known as the producer behind the Netflix series “Paranormal” and the Arabic adaptation of American series “Suites,” Hefzy was tapped to serve as a jury member at the 50th International Emmy Awards and jury president of the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, both in November.