Lagoonie Film Production (Shahinaz Elakkad) held the premiere for Barra El Manhag, by director Amr Salama, Wednesday night at Sea Cinema Arabella. This came in the presence of the film’s cast and a large number of stars, celebrities, critics, public figures, as well as members of the press, where the film has kicked off its screenings at Egyptian theaters.
Among those who attended are the film’s star Maged El Kedwany, the child Omar Sharif, producer Shahinaz Elakkad, director Amr Salama, DOP Ahmed Beshary (Chico), composer Rageh Daoud, and film editor Ahmed Yosry. This is in addition to a number of celebrities and public figures; producer Mohamed Hefzy, director Karim El Shenawy, Akram Hosny, Hassan El Raddad, Hesham Maged, Taha Desouky, Tamer Farag, Omar El Zohairy, and Egyptian singer Abo El Anwar.
The film landed its world premiere at the closing ceremony of Red Sea International Film Festival on December 13th, where it gained a wide audience attendance. On the other hand, the film had a sold-out audience screening on December 14th.
The film has sparked a slew of concerns among social media users, who coined the hashtag #who-is-the-ghost following the release of its teaser and official posters and trailers.
‘Barra El Manhag,’ is a light-hearted drama about Nour, a 13-year-old orphan boy. As all the boys are afraid of the haunted house right in front of the school, he's encouraged to go into the house to gain their respect, only to find an old man living there, hiding from the world. A friendship and apprenticeship evolve between the boy and the old man, leading to a journey of self discovery for both of them.
The film stars Maged El Kedwany and the child Omar Sharif, alongside the guests of honor Ruby, Asma Abulyazeid, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, and Donia Maher. Featuring DOP Ahmed Beshary (Chico), the film is directed by Amr Salama who wrote the story of the film and co-wrote the script alongside Khaled Diab. It is produced by Lagoonie Film Production, and distributed locally by Dollar Film, and across the Arabian Gulf region by Orient Films. MAD Solutions handles the film’s marketing and promotion.
The film is currently screening in all movie theaters across Cairo, Nile City, Grand Nile Tower, Cosmos Cinema, Renaissance Cinema in Emad El-Deen, Odeon Cinema, El Amir Cinema in Shoubra, El-Rehab, Porto Cairo, El Haram Cinema, Galaxy Cinema in Manyal El Roda, Galaxy Cinema Maadi, Zamalek Theater, Bandar Maadi Cinema, Cityscape Mall Cinema in 6th of October, Mall of Arabia, Mall of Egypt, Americana Plaza, Arkan Cinema, Golf City Mall in Obour City, City Stars Cinema, Golden Stars Cinema, City Centre Almaza, Cairo Festival City Mall, Sun City Mall, Point 90 Cinema, Sea Cinema Arabella, Madinaty, and Dandy Mall Cinema. It is also screening in Alexandria and other governorates; Green Plaza, San Stefano Cinema, City Center, Agamy Star Mall, Donia Cinema Ismailia, Al.Karawan Port Said Cinema, Donia Masria plaza Cinema in Zagazig, Donia Banha Theater Cinema, Rivoli Cinema in Tanta, Galaxy Tanta Cinema, Cinema Dunia Porto Sokhna, Sea Cinema El Gouna, Grand Cinema Hurghada,Cinema Sea Gull time Hurghada, Kiroseiz Cinema in Sharm el-Sheikh, and Cityscape Mall in Al Menia.
Founded by Producer Shahinaz Elakkad in 2017, Lagoonie Film Production is an Egyptian company that aims to develop the ﬁlm and TV industry in Egypt and the Arab world through making high-quality ﬁlms and TV series that address non-mainstream topics to put the Arab ﬁlm and TV industry on the international map.