Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Screening TONIGHT: Hassan and Morcos starring Omar Sharif and Adel Imam

Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY Collaborative Monthly Film Series Present

Screening: Hassan and Morcos starring Omar Sharif and Adel Imam
Tue, June 23, 2009 7:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas

Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St. at Canal
A/C/E/1 Trains to Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

Egyptian screen icons Omar Sharif and Adel Imam team up for the first-time in this razor sharp satire about religious intolerance.

Tickets: $10 http://www.tribecacinemas.com/calendar/#42500602/


Hassan and Morcos / Hassan wa Morkos
(Ramy Imam, Egypt, 2008, Arabic with English ST, 115min)

"The Arab world's greatest-ever film star Omar Sharif teams up for the first time with the Arab world's biggest box office draw Adel Imam in Hassan and Morcos, an often hilarious satire which attempts to tackle religious bigotry in Egypt. The film revolves around a Christian priest (Imam) and Muslim preacher (Sharif) who survive separate assassination attempts. Now on the run, the two men - who don't know each other - take refuge in a safe house in a downtown Cairo neighborhood and assume different identities, with Imam's character pretending to be a Muslim and Sharif a Christian.

As their friendship grows, so too does their new neighborhood's dissatisfaction with the two men's closeness until events come to a head in a powerful, climactic showdown. The film has already been one of the biggest hits in Egypt this year, where its subject matter has sparked a national debate on the tensions between the country's majority Muslim and minority Christian populations.

While a box office success in Egypt, its message proved so controversial that Facebook groups sporting Adel Imam's picture in Coptic garb called for a boycott of his movies. Imam, Sharif and other collaborators on the film have vehemently defended its content and criticised many conservatives and religious extremists who consider it blasphemous.

Imam said of the film:"I have declared war using art against the extremists - against those who foment differences between us. I hope Christians and Muslims will leave the cinema and embrace one another."

For more Info & Trailer visit: http://www.hassanwamorcos.com/

1 comment:

  1. That might be an interesting movie. I have to say I have never seen Sharif in an Arabic movie, but I have seen a lot of Imam movies. My MIL is a fan so that is how I got to see them.

    I am not that big of a fan of Imam, I just dont find his humour funny, but I am a fan of Sharif. I'll have to check Netflix for the movie.