A fiction film based on real events, shot in the midst of the Egyptian Revolution.
For the first issue of NOWAVE, we begin from a very personal story, which is rooted at the heart of the Arab Spring Revolutions. I propose to retrace the path that led us to the development of this platform / magazine. We are in Cairo in 2011, in the midst of the egyptian revolution, and on an impulse, in the middle of Tahrir Square, we decided to produce a feature film, that would bear witness to those incredible events : it was the birth of Winter of Discontent, by Ibrahim El Batout. This young director, former war documentary film maker, filmed the armed conflicts around the world for many years before getting into fiction. He travelled to Eastern Europe to film conflicting war zones numerous times. He got shot twice while filming wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. He shifted from documentary to fiction in 2005, and shot 4 fiction films, with next to no budget, often creating out of wood his own shooting equipment.
On the 9th day of the uprising in Egypt, he called our production house over the phone from Tahrir Square. He wanted to make a film, there and then, he had an idea, and an actress with him. We went along and began shooting that very same day.
Set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind Tahrir Square protests, Winter of discontent poetically explores the anguish of a victim state terror in 2009, presaging and intertwining with the pivotal events in 2011 that changed the face of Egypt. As the stories of the characters unfold, we are propelled headlong into the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror and uncertainty that characterized the last days of Mubarak’s rule. The film was selected by Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian Newspaper as one of the top 50 must-see films of the semi-decade. The film was selected in many festivals : the Venice Mostra Orizzonti Competition, Malmö Film Festival, London BFI…