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Clash 2016 15

97 mins Egypt Director. Mohamed Diab

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 in 2013, after mass protests saw the ruling Muslim Brotherhood thrown out of power by the army, Clash unfolds almost entirely within the claustrophobic confines of a police van as rival demonstrators find themselves caught in impossibly stifling heat. From this simple set-up, Diab weaves a striking story of scale, ambition and pure cinematic verve, pulling off a remarkable feat; a road movie about confinement.

The film’s surprisingly strong performance at the Egyptian box office is testament to its power to move and enthral, leaving audiences breathless with a magnificent denouement that artfully evokes the faultlines in the Arab world’s most populous nation.

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Directed by

Mohamed Diab

Featuring

Tarek Abdel Aziz

Hany Adel

Nelly Karim

Genres

Thriller

Collection

Discoveries BFI London Film Festival Presents

Certificate

15 strong violence, injury detail

Released

2016

Country

Egypt

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