Clash

15

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Starring
Nelly Karim, Hani Adel, El Sebaii Mohamed, Ahmed Abdelhamid Hefny, Mahmoud Fares & Waleed Abdel Ghany

Director: Mohamed Diab

Running Time: 98 minutes

Certificate: 15 - contains strong violence and injury detail

Country: Egypt

Format: 2D


"If there’s any way you can see Clash by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, you must. You simply must. The film will break your heart, but enlighten all"
- Tom Hanks

"What a dynamic piece of cinema. Clash is a stunning thriller; a rather amazing New Wave-style drama that combines claustrophobic intimacy with some logistically epic scene-setting. The movie stunningly replicates that sense of inside and outside that must be felt by witnesses to any historic moment"
★★★★
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Mohamed Diab’s superb Egyptian drama is set in the aftermath of the overthrow of President Morsi in 2013. It’s shot entirely from the inside of a police prison van but what could have been a gimmick ends up being a powerful dramatic device - imagine a sweatier, more claustrophobic Twelve Angry Men"
★★★★
- Ed Potton, The Times

"It seems a risk to take a sweeping digital panorama and shrink it right down to just the cramped interior of an armoured police truck but it’s a creative gamble that pays off wonderfully in this minor masterpiece of claustrophobia and expertly managed tension"
★★★★
- Jimi Famurewa, Empire

"This riveting Egyptian drama is a harrowing state-of-the-nation drama. Technically, the film’s sheer bravura is breathtaking, from the mayhem outside, to the brilliant camerawork inside a sweaty, confined interior. Clash is a striking, tough-minded achievement"
★★★★
- Trevor Johnston, Time Out


Mohamed Diab confirms his status as Egypt’s foremost cultural commentator with Clash, a masterful depiction of a society torn apart by its differences.

Set almost entirely within the confines of an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from rival political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power in 2013. From this set-up, Diab weaves a striking story of scale, ambition and pure cinematic verve, pulling off a remarkable feat; a road movie about confinement.

Diab leaves audiences breathless with a magnificent denouement that artfully evokes the faultlines in the Arab world’s most populous nation.

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