The short film “I Promise You Paradise,” directed by Mourad Mostafa, will compete in the Critics’ Week competition at the Cannes Film Festival, which will begin on May 16 and run through till May 27.
Comments by the director about the selection of the film.
Mostafa stated: “I Promise You Paradise, is my fourth short film in which I continue the goal that I started in the previous works. The rest were all shown at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival.”
“It tells the story about non-Egyptians, specifically Africans who live in Egypt. I am the son of a working-class area that is considered by far the largest gathering of Africans in Egypt. I therefore see that we need to tell local stories that take place in Egypt from the eyes of different heroes,” Mostafa said.
The film follows the story of Eissa, a 17-year-old African immigrant in Egypt who, after a violent accident, tries to race against time to save his loved ones at whatever cost.
The film stars Kenyi Marcellno and Kenzy Mohamed. The director of photography is Mostafa al-Kashef. Editing by Mohamed Mamdouh, screenplay by Mourad Mostafa and Sawsan Youssef, and directed by Mourad Mostafa.