five Arab films in cinemas in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt
As Ramadan draws to a close, cinemas in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt are increasing their offerings with early releases for Eid Al Fitr. According to the International Astronomical Center, Eid is expected to start on Monday, May 2, but this will be confirmed by the UAE Moon Observation Committee.
The biggest films of this season will be a major boost for the Egyptian industry. Two titles screened this week were completed last year but had their release dates delayed due to the spread of Covid-19.
Moviegoers should also expect a heartwarming dose of the familiar with action star Ahmed El Sakka and comedians Ahmed Helmy and Mohamed Henedy returning with new feature films.
Here are the new films hitting theaters this Eid in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt:
Better late than never for this thriller. Completed and originally slated for release on Eid Al Fitr last year, the film was delayed due to the second wave of Covid-19 which swept through the Mena region.
The film’s title means Ghosts of Europe and it’s a psychological tale of Lili (Lebanese singer and actress Haifa Wehbe) giving birth to sextuplets, only to realize that her husband has sold three behind his back to join both ends.
Distraught, Lili embarks on a global mission to find her missing children. The film benefits from a strong Egyptian cast including Bayoumi Fouad and Ahmad El Fishawi.
Translated to Zombie Next To Me, the comedy has Egyptian actor Ali Rabee playing the leader of a band.
After a particularly loud village concert, their car breaks down and the terrified band come face to face with a zombie who puts them to the test.
Egyptian comedian Ahmed Helmy stars in a choral comedy about second chances.
The story follows the setbacks of Mustafa, a prison counselor falling into apathy due to the stagnation of his career. Inspired by a friend, he begins to rediscover the joy of living.
This is another film whose premiere was pushed back a year due to the pandemic. Action man Ahmed El Sakka returns in a darker role as The Spider, a criminal whose ambitions spiral out of control and is now on the run from the authorities.
The film also stars Mona Zaki and Tunisian actor Dhafer L’Abidine. It is currently scheduled to be screened in Egyptian cinemas only.
Comedian Mohamed Henedy reunites with Mona Zaki on the big screen after 20 years. Translated by The Jeweler, the film is a domestic comedy with Henedy playing a respected gem dealer who sees his reputation shattered due to his topsy-turvy relationship with his wife.
Screening of the film is currently limited to Egyptian cinemas.
Updated: April 28, 2022, 6:50 a.m.