This long-anticipated drama about life, intimacy, illness and death sparkles with a lighthearted touch. Hussein enjoys a solitary existence not realizing his past is about to catch up with him when his sister and nephew move into his house.
- Special Jury Award to a film from the Arab World - Abu Dhabi FF
- Arwa Gouda
- Khaled Abol Naga
- Muhammad El-Hajj
- Hossam Shahin
- MIDDLE WEST FILMS
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Ayten studied Film Criticism in 2001. In 2005, she presented two shorts about Madiha Kamel and belly dancing. Ayten studied Cinema independently in Art Lab, the American University in Cairo (AUC). While at the AUC's Art lab, she produced her controversial short, HER MAN, which was screened in 10 international film festivals including Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival 2007, and was exclusively screened on the French Canal Plus in 2007 and 2008. Ayten worked as Assistant Director in Bassra and On a Day Like Today before she made her short SPRING 89, that was part of five international festivals including the Short Film Corner, Cannes FilmFestival in 2011. The film garnered several awards including Best Short Fiction and the Special Jury Prize for the screenplay at the Alexandria Film Festival. The film also received a Special Mention at the Dubai International Film Festival and was selected as part of an educational program in New York University, Abu Dhabi in 2011. In the same year, 2011, Ayten co-directed TAHRIR 2011: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE POLITICIAN. The film was as an official selection at Venice International Film Festival, out of competition, and won the CICT-IFTC award. TAHRIR 2011 participated in several film festivals and was officially selected to be part of Toronto International Film Festival. The film was nominated for best document in Cinema for Peace award at Berlin International Film Festival 2012. VILLA 69 is her debut feature.