Egyptian director Tarek Saleh wins best screenplay award at Cannes

Egyptian director Tarek Saleh won the best screenplay award for the film ‘Boy From Heaven’ at the end of the 75th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

In a speech after receiving the award, Saleh said: “I dedicate this prize to young Egyptian filmmakers hoping that they will make their voices heard and tell their stories.

The film stars three actors of Palestinian origin: Tawfiq Barhoum, and Mohamed Bakry, Makram Khoury, alongside Swedish Lebanese actor Fares Fares, Egyptian Amr Mosaad, Egyptian Youssef Salama Zeki, Syrian Sherwan Hajji , the Turkish Yunus Albayrak, and the Tunisian Mehdi Dehbi, famous for the Netflix series “Messiah”.

Saleh collaborated with the same work team that collaborated with him in his previous film, composed of: cinematographer Pierre Aim, editor Theis Schmid, production designer Roger Rosenberg and visual effects specialist Peter Hjorth.

Who is Tariq Saleh?

Perhaps we haven’t heard much about the Egyptian director, so we shed light on his life, presenting his most significant artistic milestones in recent years.

Saleh is an Egyptian director and author, born in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, on January 28, 1972. In the early 1990s he was one of the most prominent graffiti artists in Sweden, where he worked as a presenter of television.

He wrote and directed the film “The Nile Hilton Incident” in 2017, which revolves around a police officer investigating a murder case, which at first seemed like an ordinary murder, but gradually turned into a complex crime in which many were involved.

Saleh won Best Director for the same film at the Sundance Film Festival in the United States and was nominated for the Swedish film Guldbagge in 2018.

The film was also nominated for the French César award in 2018.

He has directed several films including “Sadness Is a Blessing” and “I Follow Rivers” in 2011, and “Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara” in 2001, as well as “Gitmo: The New Rules of War” in 2005, “Metropia” in 2009, “and “Tommy” in 2014.

His latest work this year, playing in US cinemas now, is “The Contractor”.

The film revolves around James Harper, who was forcibly discharged from US Special Forces and decided to support his family by joining a private organization alongside his best friends and under the guidance of veterans. The film stars American actor Chris Pine.

“Boy From Heaven”, written and directed by Saleh, was presented in competition as a Swedish film, with production support of 300,000 euros from Memento International and Art Cinema France.

This film is about a young rural man named Adam, whose father works as a fisherman.

The young man receives a scholarship to study at Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

During their first day of studies, the new students meet the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, who suddenly dies in front of his students, so that a battle between his assistants ensues to succeed him.