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Heliopolis is a 2009 Egyptian independent musical documentary film by Ahmad Abdalla that tells the story of a group of young people during a winter day in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. Heliopolis is Ahmad Abdalla's debut feature film and starring Khaled Abol Naga.
|Directed by||Ahmad Abdalla|
|Produced by||Sherif Mandour|
|Written by||Ahmad Abdalla|
|Starring||Khaled Abol Naga
Yosra El Lozy
|Music by||Amir Khalaf|
|Edited by||Ahmad Abdalla|
The events of one day in the lives of a number of Cairo residents is a portrayal of unfulfilled dreams and frustrating details of life in the overpopulated Metropolis. Their paths cross and their stories overlap but they are caught up in their struggle and are oblivious to one another against the background of what used to be one of Cairo's most glamorous neighborhoods. The City's vanishing glory and fading history is documented through the characters strife to make it through one day in Heliopolis.... The one thing they all share is the knowledge that they will probably have to confront the City again and again over the following days. Most of the stories taking a place in the suburb of Heliopolis
Festivals and awardsEdit
The film was officially selected by Toronto International Film Festival in the Discovery section and later at the Vancouver International Film Festival. And it had its Arabic regional premier in the Middle East International Film Festival.
- Official competition at the 9th edition of International Film Festival of Marrakech in Morocco
- Official competition at the 26th edition of Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons in Brussels
- The Original script won the best first screenplay award of Sawiris Foundation in December 2007
- Official competition at 15th international film festival Kerala (on 10 to 17 December)