Original title: Souad
Director: Ayten Amin
Cast: Bassant Ahmed, Basmala Elghaiesh, Hussein Ghanem, Hager Mahmoud
Country: Egypt, Tunisia, Germany
Year of production: 2020
Length (min): 96
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: Best Friend Forever
Section: Main Competition
Sponsors: Velvyslanectví Spolkové Republiky Německo, Goethe-Institut Tschechien

Nineteen-year-old Souad lives with her parents and younger sister in the north of Egypt. Although physically she may be grown-up, she struggles with her role in society, torn between her Muslim faith and the contemporary reality of social media, which opens unprecedented (and dangerous) opportunities – especially in terms of dating older men. Shown from the perspective of three characters, the story offers a subtle and sympathetic glimpse of life today in the Arab world.

Ayten Amin

A native of Alexandria, Amin made her debut at international festivals with several short films. Her first feature-length films, the documentary Tahrir 2011 (2011) and narrative film Villa 69 (2013), were shown successfully at festivals in Europe and Asia. Her latest film Souad was selected for the cancelled 2020 edition of Cannes, and won Best Actress Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.

With support

Velvyslanectví Spolkové Republiky Německo
Goethe-Institut Tschechien

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