Ahmad Abdelhafez, foreground, and Rady Gamal in a scene from A.B. Shawky's "Yomeddine."
Photo courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival
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Freshman director A.B. Shawky said piecing together financing for a feel-good road movie about an Egyptian leper and his orphan friend was the least of his troubles getting his film to Cannes. The newcomer's debut feature "Yomeddine" is going toe-to-toe with his ex-professor Spike Lee and Jean-Luc Godard for the Palme d'Or at the world's premiere film festival."I think a lot of people take it for granted how much these popular things affect people on the other side of the world, so you can have a kid named Obama in Egypt".European visa problems kept both actors from being able to have their moment in the Cannes limelight, where the film was greeted with a standing ovation.The film unflinchingly depicts how the most vulnerable members of Egyptian society are treated, but Shawky said he's not singling out one country. Shawky and his producer-wife Dina Emam turned to crowdfunding to scrape together the film's shoestring budget.
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