2 Rooms and a Parlor
Spring Grant 2013 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
Khalil Suleiman has always preferred to stay away from other people, but after his wife’s death, he finds he is lonely. Realising his routine life is coming to its end before he has explored it fully, he decides to take a trip to Panama. His plans come up against many obstacles. He has no passport and only speaks Arabic – and his son disapproves of his plans. Solving these problems and making travel arrangements forces Khalil to revisit his complicated relationship with his son and to become involved in the lives of his neighbours – all of whom are people he has avoided in the past. As Khalil gets closer to each of his neighbours and his son, and his travel date looms on the horizon, he finds his old ways of thinking
- Sherif Elbendary
- Mohamad Elazab
- Mohamed Hefzy, Racha Najdi
About the Director
Egyptian filmmaker Sherif Elbendary lives and works in Cairo. He graduated from the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo in 2007. His short films, ‘Rise & Shine, (2006) and ‘At Day’s End’ (2008), appeared in numerous film festivals and won many awards. Sherif’s ‘Curfew’ was part of the omnibus film ‘18 Days’, which screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2011, and his ‘Dry Hot Summers’ won the Robert Bosch Film Prize in 2014, and was in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2016. ‘Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim’ is Elbendary’s feature-length debut. He is currently preparing his second feature, ‘2 Rooms and a Parlor’.
Production Company Profile
Film Clinic was established by Mohamed Hefzy in 2005 as a film development and production company that produces narrative and documentary features, and also offers screenwriting workshops. While targeting general audiences in Egyptian, regional and international markets, the company has also developed a reputation for supporting young independent filmmakers, and for investing in innovative approaches to film that offer creative alternatives to Egyptian mainstream commercial cinema. Film Clinic has co-produced Egyptian, Arab and international features, and its productions have participated in more than 100 film festivals and won more than 50 awards at festivals including the Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Dubai and Muscat International Film Festivals, the BFI London, Carthage, Montpellier, Oran and Sundance Film Festivals, and the Malmö Arab Film Festival, in addition to national Egyptian festivals.