DIRECTED BY: Ayten Amin COUNTRY: Egypt, Tunisia, Germany YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Arabic SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 96 min

SECTION: International Forum


Zagazig, a small city on the Nile Delta in Egypt. Today. Souad, 19-year-old young woman, leads a double life. While remaining conservative and veiled among her family and society, Souad is obsessed with her image on social media, and goes in several secret virtual relationships with men. She constantly lies about her personal life, projecting wishfully images of a different desired life. Her ambitions are slowly crushed by the invasion of her true reality. A series of small incidents lead to a tragic event, that makes Rabab, her 13-year-old little sister, embarks on a real-life journey looking for answers.

Ayten Amin was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1978, she studied film criticism at the Egyptian Cinema Writers and Critics Association and then film at the Art Lab of the American University in Cairo. Her graduation film, HER MAN, based on a short story by Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif, screened at Clermont-Ferrand in France and many other festivals. She also co-directed the documentary TAHRIR 2011, which premiered at Venice. Her feature debut, VILLA 69, screened at film festivals in Abu Dhabi, Malmö and Cannes.

Her Man (2006), Spring 89 (2009), Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician (2011), Villa 69 (2013), Souad (2021)

SCRIPT: Mahmoud Ezzat, Ayten Amin PRODUCER: Sameh Awad CINEMATOGRAPHY: Maged Nader EDITOR: Khaled Moeit SCORE:CAST: Bassant Ahmed, Basmala Elghaiesh, Hussein Ghanem, Hager Mahmoud

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