Short Films Competition | 15 min | 2020


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About the Film

This short film follows Adam, who—after being separated for 82 days—decides to venture a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves. The coming-of-age story tackles several social issues and the challenges faced by youth. It is the first Egyptian film to be selected for the Official Short Film Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 50 years.


Film Info

Section Short Films Competition
Year 2020
Length 15 min
Language Arabic
Country Egypt, France, Belgium

Film Credits

Director Sameh Alaa
Screenplay Sameh Alaa
Cinematography Giorgos Valsamis
Editing Yasser Azmy
Producer Muhammad Taymour, Martin Jérôme 
Production Company Les Cigognes Films, Fig Leaf Studios
Sound Design
Sound Moataz Al Qammari, Sameh Nabil
Cast Seif Hemeda, Nourhan Ahmed

Film Contacts

Directed by: Sameh Alaa

Sameh Alaa is an Egyptian filmmaker based between Cairo and Brussels. Before moving to Prague in 2012, Alaa worked as an assistant director on various commercials and feature films. He studied film directing at FAMU (Czech Republic), then went on to work on his master’s degree at the EICAR Film School in Paris. His short film Fifteen (2017) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won several awards around the world.