Mohamad Elhadidi |
Egypt |
2023 |
20Min |
Arabic, English
10-12 PG
After fleeing from Cairo to Berlin to escape police persecution, Alaa finds himself at a friend’s party one night, 6 months after fleeing from Cairo to Berlin. During the party he meets Lia and experiences an immediate and strong attraction to her. The seemingly genuine and rare connection that develops throughout the night is choked in a heartbeat, the moment Alaa finds out about Lia’s work. Alaa sits in shock questioning his ideas of the ‘other’ and pondering over his place in the world.
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Mohamad Elhadidi

Mohamad El-Hadidi is a Berlin-based film director, producer, cinematographer and photographer. He studied filmmaking at the Jesuits film school in Alexandria in 2009/2010. He is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talents 2018 and one of the co-founders of Rufy’s Films, an independent collective and production house based in Alexandria, from 2010 to 2021. In 2013 he made his first short film Alban Wady El-Neel. In the same year he co-directed, co-produced, and co-shot the collaborative feature The Mice Room with the other five members and filmmakers of the collective. His latest film as a cinematographer Lift Like a Girl premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, was awarded the golden dove prize at Dok.Leipzig Film Festival, and three prizes at Cairo Film Festival. Hadidi has been working as a producer and cinematographer in films that have been screened at film festivals, such as the Berlinale, IDFA, TIFF, Tampere, São Paulo, Dubai, AFI Fest, DOK Leipzig, and Toronto. As a photographer, he received many prizes including the European Union Prize in 2011, the Egypt Photo Marathon Grand Prize in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Google Photography Prize in 2012. His first solo exhibition took place at Aberdbabei Gallery in Copenhagen in 2018. He is currently writing the script of his first feature fiction film as a director, The Last Night.