CAIRO - 28 December 2019: The Egyptian cinema is very rich with successful movies that managed to achieve major leap.
No one can deny that 2019 was very special year for the Egyptian cinema, as it witnessed huge progress in the cinema industry as whole.
Some films this year managed to make records that wasn’t performed before in the Egyptian cinema history. Egypt today will present to its reader the most 10 successful movies in 2019 based on their revenues.
1- El Feel-el Azra’a' (The Blue Elephant) part 2 ( L.E 103,175,940)
In the first time in the history of Egyptian cinema, the movie “Blue Elephant P II) starring Karim Abdel Aziz exceeds the LE 100 M mark in revenues since its screening in cinemas on July 25.
The "Blue Elephant PII" has been able to achieve the difficult equation since its release in cinemas 8 weeks ago, which has reaped huge revenues at the box office, and at the same time met with great success and popularity on the level of critics and the public.
This is an achievement several films have been unable to achieve in years. This is due to the use of the most important elements behind the camera while providing all necessary means for success the film needs in terms of productivity until it finally came out in this distinctive form.
The makers of the Egyptian movie will present part 3 from the movie; this was clear from the open ending of part 2.
The film promo has recorded more than 9 million views directly after its release. Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.
Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry joins the cast, along with Jordanian actor Eyad Nassar who joins as a guest of honor.
Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows the huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE 35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.
The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5 years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.
The events develop in a drama, horror, mystery context. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim.
The events of "Blue Elephant P II" begin 5 years after the events of the first part, where Dr. Yahya Rashed is summoned to the Dangerous Cases Section.
There he meets those who manipulate his life and that of his family. This pushes Yahya to try the ‘blue elephant’ pill (a form of Ecstasy or MDMA) in an attempt from him to deal with the mysteries he finds himself facing.
The films are adapted from Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.
2- "Welad Rezk" (Rezk Sons Part 2) – ( L.E 99,523,169 )
The Egyptian movie "Welad Rezk" (Rezk Sons Part 2) achieved booming success, generating the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema.
Written by Salah el-Geheiny, directed by Tarek el-Arian and produced by Raw Production Company, the sequel achieved significantly high revenues and recorded the highest single-day revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.
Part 1 was released in 2014 and achieved great success; it revolved around four brothers who lead a life of crime, each with a special character, with Ahmed Ezz as the mastermind.
Part II is a mind-twisting film, even more than the first part which achieved great success.
The sequel starts with a powerful action scene, where the four sons (played by Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed El-Fishawy and Karim Kassem) are plotting a new con when they are attacked.
Their friend Atef, played by Ahmed Dawoud, is kidnapped by Kamal, dubbed "El Khawaga" played by Khaled el-Sawy.
A flashback narrative takes us through the developments of the events that culminated in this opening scene. In this part, Rezk’s sons cooperate with the corrupt officer Raouf, played by Mohamed Mamdouh, to carry out a series of robberies, which puts them in conflict with El-Khawaga.
Famed star Assala Nasri participated in "Welad Rezk Part 2" as a guest of honour in her first acting experience.
3- ‘’ Casablanca’’( L.E 79,156,808 )#
Starring mega star Amir Karara, "Casablanca" topped Eid El-Fitr season films, achieving the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema at that time.
“Casablanca” achieved the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema at that time, achieving LE 6,721,308 and surpassing the rest of the competing films by far; in addition to the records achieved on the level of Arab cinema revenues, as the film is being screened in Arab and Gulf theaters.
The movie is starring a large group of stars led by Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Amr Abdul Jalil, Lebleba, Mahmoud el-Bezzawi and Ahmed Dash.
The film is the joint production of Talent Media, Synergy Films and Tahir Media Production. It is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Hisham Hilal.
The action movie revolves around Omar El-Mor (Amir Karara) and an adventure in Casablanca.
The plot tackles the life of three Alexandrian men who despite being pirates, have a touch of humanity.
The three performed nautical theft, where El-Mor was arrested but refused to inform the police about his partners, who are Oraby ( Amr Abdel Gelil) and Rasheed ( Eyad Nassar).
On the aftermath of his release he discovered that Orabi betrayed them and travelled to Morocco to start a new life there and changed his name to Haroun and kidnapped El-Mor’s brother Zakaria ( Ahmed Dash), so El-Mor and Rasheed decided to cooperate together to grab their right from Oraby and return Zakaria back.
Casablanca is a different type of action movie because it is shot across different cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Safaga and Alexandria, so it contains different pictures on screen that were executed with the latest cinematic techniques.
4- El Mamar ( The Passage) – (74,495,223 L.E)
The film revolves around the role of the heroic Egyptian Commandos during the War of Attrition. The film is inspired by the brave patriotic operations performed by Group 39 in the Egyptian army headed by martyr Ibrahim al-Rifai.
The massive production discusses the time period from the 1967 war to the early days of the War of Attrition.
"El-Mamar", directed by Sherif Arafa and written by Arafa and Amir Teima, stars Ahmed Ezz, , Hend Sabry, Ahmed Rezk, Asma Abul Yazid, Eyad Nassar, Sherif Mounir, Mohamed Farag, Ahmed Falawkas and Enaam Salousa, among others.
Veteran musician Omar Khairat composed the movie’s soundtrack. El-Mamar” topped the Twitter trend after its first TV screening on ON TV channel on October 6.
The film was screened as part of the celebrations of the 46th anniversary of 6th of October War victory.
People interacted with the patriotic movie, especially that it screened as part of the celebrations of the glorious victory of October 6.
Egyptians were keen to watch the important patriotic movie which achieved booming success.
It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Culture represented by the Cultural Production Sector headed by veteran director Khaled Galal honoured ''El Mamar'' movie makers on Tuesday, October 29.
5- El Badla ( The Suit) – ( L.E 67,085,009)
“El Badla”, which was released in Eid el-Adha in 2018, achieved high revenues, claiming the first rank in the Egyptian box office at that time.
Hosny plays in the movie the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.
“El Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny and Mai Kassab among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl.
“El Badla” was screened in Saudi Arabia starting on September 2018. It was the first Arabic movie to be screened in the kingdom’s history.
6- “Nadi el-Regal el-Seri” (The Secret Men's Club) (L.E 59,719,314)
The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Ghada Adel, and Maged el-Kedwany, among others. It is written by Ayman Wattar.
In the movie, Karim Abdel Aziz plays the role of a dentist named “Adham” who has been married for ten years. However, a huge gap develops in their marriage which forces his wife to watch her husband all the time in a comic way.
Abdel Aziz returned to cinema with this movie after a hiatus of 4 years, since the screening of "The Blue Elephant" part one in 2014.
7- Khayal Maata ( Scarecrow) (L.E 38,078,597)
The Egyptian movie “Khayal Maata”, starring notable group of Egyptian stars such as Ahmed Helmy, Mena Shalaby, Khaled el Sawy, Hassan Hosni, Intisar, Lotfi Labib among others. The film is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Khaled Marei.
The film's name has been changed from “El-Shebak el-Azraq” (Blue window) to “Khayal Maata” (Scarecrow). The film's events take place in the 1960s, and focus on a decorator named Zizo, a paranoid man who suspects everyone around him.
The events begin with the character of an old man ( played by Helmy) who lives in the new millennium, narrating his story and his memories as a young man, and the sufferings he encountered. Helmi also tells the story of how he met his love, Pakinam, revealing the methods he used to marry his beloved.
8- Sabaa El-Boromba (The Brave) (L.E 35,082,656)
The prank shows star Egyptian comedian Ramez Galal manged to achieve a strong cinematic comeback this year through his latest movie Sabaa El-Boromba.
In this comedy film, a young man plays a police officer role to make a girl fall in love with him.
The movie Starring beside Galal, Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Tharwat, Mohamed Abdelrahman, Gamila Awad. Sabaa El-Boromba is directed by Mahmoud Karim.
9- 122 movie ( L.E 24,808,161)
122 movie achieved high revenues that amounted to over LE 15 million in 3 weeks from its release on January 3, claiming the first rank in the Egyptian box office at that time.
The Egyptian horror movie was screened in Vox cinemas at mall of the Emirates in Dubai on Thursday, January 10.
The movie is directed by Iraqi director Yasser el-Yassery and stars Amina Khalil, Tarek Lotfy, Ahmed el-Fishawy, Mamdooh Mohammed, Gihan Khalil, and Ahmed Dawood.
The movie revolves around a couple that faces a catastrophe inside what appears to be a hospital. They try to escape and run for their lives, but that won’t be easy as they face a lot of obstacles along the way.
“122” is written by Salah el-Johainy. Johainy previously wrote “Al-Khaleya” (The Cell) and “Awlad Rezk” (Rezk’s Sons); both movies gained great success at the time of their release.
“122” is the first Egyptian film to use the 4DX technology, which allows the audience to literally live the film while watching as it combines many sensory factors.
Egyptian Ambassador in Pakistan Ahmed Fadel Yachoub honoured "122" cast as it was the first Arabic movie to screen in Pakistan dubbed in Urdu.
10- Hamlet Pharon (The Pharaoh’s Campaign) ( L.E 18,088,000)
The Egyptian action movie Hamlet Pharon witnessed the renowned American boxer Mike Tyson and Icelandic professional strongman and actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson . first participation in the Egyptian cinema alongside Egyptian star Amr Saad.
The movie is about a young Egyptian man named Yehia (Amr Saad) who is the leader of one of the biggest assassination gangs. A turn of events forces Yehia to travel to Syria to rescue the girl he loves.
Starring alongside the international greats is a notable cast of actors including Ruby, Mahmoud Abdel Moghny, Hamdy el-Marghany, Ramez Amir and Mohamed Lotfy, among others. The film is written by Karim Hassan Beshir and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz.