Dreamaway

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    Dreamaway

    Directed by

    • Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke

    Germany, Egypt

    2018

    86 min

    • English
    • Arabic

    Drama

    It hasn’t been so very long since rich tourists from around the world came to stay in the luxury hotels of Sharm El Sheikh. But the Arab Spring and the confusion of the post revolutionary period quickly robbed the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula of its charm as a go-to summer resort. Saturated with elements of surreal fiction, the documentary takes us to a shimmering city of ghosts to visit its last inhabitants – resort employees who feverishly dream among the abandoned hotel suites.

    Awards

    • Critics' Choice Award - Fribourg IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Horreya Hassan
    Shaima Reda
    Hossam Abo Salama
    Khaled Ahmed
    Alaa Abo El Kassem
    Rami Gomaa
    Yousra Sayed
    Salam Yousry
    Screenplay
    Johanna Domke
    Marouan Omara
    Cinematography
    Jakob Beurle
    Editing
    Gesa Jäger
    Louly Seif
    Music
    Bilgehan Özis
    Production
    MONOKEL
    Sales
    WIDE HOUSE
    Marouan Omara

    Marouan Omara

    Egypt

    Marouan Omara, 1987 is an Egyptian filmmaker who had shown his films at festivals such as; Berlinale, IFF Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary IFF, London Film Festival, Yamagata IDFF, Ji.hlava IDFF, DOK Leipzig among many other festivals. His work got supported by several International Institutions as La Biennale di Venezia, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund, Catapult Film Fund. He is also a Berlinale and Durban Talents alumnus. Marouan’s films wander around unmarked territory between fiction and documentary. Using cinema and it's tools as a genuine mode of research, his films have a dreamlike notion of the surrounding and closeness to the everyday experiences of his society. He focuses on the characters’ dynamics that form the core of his film language. He believes that collaborations in directing films are a necessary tool of contemporary cinema. Omara's films distributed by Wide House, France, Arsenal Institut Für Film und Videokunst e.v. Berlin, Germany, MAD Solutions, Egypt, Tetraktys Films, Cyprus and are available online at Doc Alliance Platform. Omara received his BA in Applied Arts - Photography (2011) and his Diploma in Film Directing (2010). He teaches filmmaking in the department of the Arts at American University in Cairo - AUC, and is the managing director of the Regional Conference for Arab Independent Cinema (RCAIC). also participates as a founder, a jury member, and curator in several film industry programs.

    Selected Filmography

    Johanna Domke

    Johanna Domke

    Germany

    Johanna DOMKE (1978, Germany) was eductated in Fine Arts in Denmark and Sweden and works with film, video and photography. Her work is a cross-over between art and cinema with both a structural and socio-political approach. She is concerned with how images influence the course of history, the creation of meaning and the shaping of identity. Her work has been shown around the world.

    Selected Filmography