I am afraid to forget your face

A film by

Egypt/France/Qatar/Belgium / 15' / 09/2020 / fiction

After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes. 

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Square Eyes - LOGO-SHORT-FILM-2020
Square Eyes - Schermafbeelding 2020-09-01 om 13.55.41

Sameh Alaa

Biography

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Sameh studied German literature at Cairo University. Before moving to Europe, he worked as an assistant director in advertisement and feature films. In 2016, he finished his MA in filmmaking at EICAR film school in Paris. Sameh’s first short film FIFTEEN premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and won several awards around the world.  In 2019 he made his first advertisement campaign as a writer and director. His last short film I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE, is the first Egyptian film in 50 years to be selected for the Official Short Film Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2020. Sameh is currently developing his debut feature film.

Filmography

  • Fifteen – 2017 – short film
  • I am afraid to forget your face – 2020 – short film
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Crew

Director: Sameh Alaa
Screenplay: Sameh Alaa
Producers: Muhammad Taymour, Mark Lotfy
Co-producers: Ahmed Zayan, Martin Jerome
Cinematographer: Giorgos Valsamis
Sound Recording: Sameh Nabil
Sound Design: Moataz Al Qammari
Editor: Yasser Azmy
Composer: Universal daughters cover
Production Designer: Shaimaa Magdy
Cast: Seif Hemeda, Nourhan Ahmed

Festivals

  • Cannes Film Festival, France (27 – 29 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Won: Palme D’Or for Best Short Film
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain (18 – 26 September, 2020)
    Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section
  • Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland (24 September – 4 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Moscow International Film Festival, Russia (1 – 8 October, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition Won: Best Short Film
  • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium (2 – 9 October, 2020)
    Competition Special Mention
  • Curtocircuíto – International Film Festival, Spain (3 – 11 October, 2020)
    Radar Official Competition
  • Film Fest Gent, Belgium (13 – 24 October, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden (19 – 25 October, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey (23 – 30 October, 2020)
    International Short Fiction Competition
  • El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt (23 – 31 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Won: Best Arab Short Film
  • Izmir International Short Film Festival, Turkey (2 – 7 November, 2020)
    International Fiction Competition
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland (3 – 8 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Sulmona International Film Festival, Italy (4 – 7 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Cinemaforum, Poland (4 – 8 November, 2020)
    Main Competition
  • ALCINE 2020 – Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Spain (6 – 13 November, 2020)
    European Competition
  • Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia (8 – 15 November, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Spain (13 – 20 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Ajyal Film Festival, Qatar (18 – 23 November, 2020)
    Bader Competition

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Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English & French: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here