(Eshtebak) was selected for screening at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, the organisers announced Thursday. Produced in 2016, the film, written and directed by Diab, explores the confrontations between pro and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators that emerged following the removal of president Mohamed Morsi from power on 3 July 2013. “The film portrays a very real and tense situation that brings out the worst and best of humanity,” Diab revealed to Variety in 2014. IMDb describes the award-winning Diab as a writer and director whose work centred on pressing issues concerning Egyptian society.
Diab wrote the scripts of several well-known Egyptian films, including El-Gezira 1 and 2 (2007 and 2014) and Decor (2014), among others. His directorial debut came with Cairo 678 (2010), starring Bushra, Nelly Karim and Maged El-Kedwany. According to the complete list of films released earlier today by the festival organisers, Clash is the only film from Egypt to be screened in Cannes’ official selection. This year, in its 69th edition, the Cannes Festival will take place between 11 and 22 May. This article originally appeared on AlBawabaEnglish/Egypt