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Biography

Amr Salama directed three feature films, (On A Day Like Today) in 2008, (Asmaa; Inspired by True Events) in 2011 and (Excuse my French) in 2014. He also co-directed the feature documentary (Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician) directing the third segment, The Politician.

Excuse my French was the opening film for the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival.

Asmaa has been awarded 18 international, Arab and Egyptian awards after its worldwide premier at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Arab Director in the New Horizons competition. The film premiered in Europe at the London International Film Festival and has participated in several international and local film festivals.

(Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician) is the first documentary to be commercially released in Egyptian theatres. It premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and won the UNESCO award. The documentary participated in several festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival where it won the award for Best Arab Production for a Documentary. It also won the Oslo Film Festival award for Best Documentary.

Amr Salama wrote the screenplay for the feature film (Snapshot) directed by Karim ElAdl and released in theatres in December 2012.

His film debut (On A Day Like Today) was acclaimed by both critics and audiences and participated in several international film festivals. The film earned Salama the title "Best New Director in 2008" by most cinema critics and he was honored by the Alexandria International Film Festival and named "Star of the Future."

He has also directed several commercials, awareness campaigns, music videos, documentary films and short films.

A blogger and active writer, his first book (A Kiosk Guy: A Journey in Search of the Handlebars) as well as his second (Return to Sender: Short Stories, Sort of) are out in bookstores and have topped several best selling lists. Amr Salama also has articles published in several newspapers and magazines.

Festivals & Critics:

Festivals:

Excuse my French

Opening film for the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival

Asmaa

The Abu Dhabi International Film Festival; won Best Actor for Maged AlKidwany and Best Arab Director in the New Horizons competition

The London International Film Festival; official selection

Karama Film Festival in Jordan; official selection

Oran International Film Festival; official selection

Palm Springs International Film Festival; official selection

Guttenburg International Film Festival; official selection

Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician

The Venice Film Festival; official selection outside the competition and won the UNESCO Human Rights award.

The Oslo International Film Festival; won Best Documentary award

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival; won Best Arab Production award

Amsterdam – IDFA; official selection

The Toronto International Film Festival; official selection

(On A Day Like Today) was officially selected in numerous international film festivals hosted in UAE, Canada, Belgium, USA, France, Morocco and Tunisia.
Honored by the Alexandria International Film Festival as 'The Star Of The Future'

Critics:



What Critics Had to Say About Asmaa:

"Amr Salama has evolved greatly in his second feature film"Tarek AlShinnawy

"Asmaa, the director's second feature, affirms his status as one of the most important young directors" Samir Farid

"Asmaa" is a call for empowerment that ultimately works as an accessible pic for general auds rather than jaded fest types" Variety Magazine.

"Asmaa makes its points clearly and firmly" ScreenDaily



What Critics Had to Say About Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician:

"We're not likely to get a docu on the 2011 Egyptian revolution with greater scope than "Tahrir 2011,"Variety Magazine

"I am immensely grateful to the three young Egyptian filmmakers whose film Tahrir 2011 took me on a breathless 94-minute ride through the making and breaking of a dictator." Huffington Post

"One of the few films that made me cry"Samir Farid

"The most important piece of art that was inspired by this great revolution."Tarik Al Shinnawy.



What critics said about (On A Day like Today):

"Zay El Naharda is a neat experiment."
Novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfeek, El Dostor Newspaper.

"Zay El Naharda is imagination without limitation; it forces you to fall in love with it at first sight."
Film critic Tarek El Shenawy, Soot El Omma newspaper.

"The maker of this film is a young man with a clear vision and a sophisticated mind that pursues the new creative and philosophical ideas"
Film producer Layali Badr, El Ahram Newspaper.

"Zay El Naharda is an official birth certificate for Amr Salama as a successful director."
Film critic Ashraf Rageh, El Nogoom Magazine.

"I found in that film [Zay El Naharda] a serious topic, which was cleverly discussed by the director; it really deserves to be presented as an Egyptian film in international festivals."
Film critic Ahmed Saleh, El Akhbar newspaper.

"He [Amr Salama] succeeded at grabbing our attention to his directing, writing and editing style, he reminded us that a movie ought to be credited to its director."
Film critic Magda Halim, El Ahram newspaper.

"Amr Salama succeeded at creating a new respectable reputation for his generation and the profession of directing in general."
Film critic Essam Zakareya, El Balagh newspaper.

"Zay El Naharda is a fresh film, it reminds us of the concept of the star director, who can control his actors perfectly and pays attention to the tiniest details."
Film critic Iris Nazmy, El Nogom magazine.

"The director of the movie is also the writer and the editor, and for the first time, it does not weaken the movie, instead it really takes it to another level."
Film critic Magdy El Tayeb, Nahdet Masr newspaper.

"The producer placed his bet on a new director and won, and he surely deserves it."
Film critic Mahmoud Abdel Shakour, Rouz El Youssuf magazine.

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