Misr International Films and MAD Solutions co-distribute Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers Worldwide
Marking their first collaboration, Misr International Films (MIF) and MAD Solutions announced that they will co-distribute Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers worldwide. The events of the sequel take place five years after the first film and have an entirely different plot than the first film.
It comes after the film’s unprecedented success which set a new box office record in Egypt, generating $ 6 million for the first time in Egyptian cinema history. Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers was first released in 100 theaters across Egypt, and currently the film is screened in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
“At MIF, we have long believed that mainstream Egyptian films have substantial international appeal, but do not get the proper international distribution they deserve.” Said Ramzi Khoury, Deputy Director General of MIF. âWe believe that leveraging MAD’s wide exposure in the international market, as well as its extensive experience in Egyptian entertainment marketing, will help position Egyptian content where it can be. And what better way to kick off this collaboration than ‘with the best highest grossing Egyptian film of all time! “.
Alaa Karkouti, CEO of MAD Solutions, said: âThis collaboration with Misr International Films is a further step towards our goals of opening up new international distribution channels for all kinds of high quality local films in the region and beyond. . It can open up hidden markets for Egyptian and Arab films and help Arab films of different genres take to the international stage. “
The huge success of The Blue Elephant franchise has proven that Egyptian audiences are drawn to the horror genre. The film’s followers on its social media platforms have surpassed 600,000, and the official trailer for Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers has nearly 20 million views on social media.
Five years after the events of the first film, Dr Yehia Rashid is summoned to the women’s ward no. 8, where he meets someone who ruins his life and that of his family. In her attempt to take control of her life and solve this new mystery, Yehia enlists the help of the Blue Elephant Pills.
Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers brings together the same cast and crew from the first film, including director Marwan Hamed, screenwriter Ahmed Mourad, cinematographer Ahmad Al Morsy, editor Ahmed Hafez, costume designer Nahed Nasrallah, musical composer Hesham Nazih , the production designer Mohamed Attia, with the producer Ahmad Badawy, director of Synergy Films, founded by the producer Tamer Morsi.
Consolidating his name as one of the most famous young Egyptian directors with so much success to his name, Marwan has directed five feature films that have grossed over $ 20 million worldwide and received over 30 awards. His films include: The Yacoubian Building (2006), Ibrahim El Abyad (2009) and The Blue Elephant (2014). Marwan has won several awards for The Blue Elephant, including the Special Jury Prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF). Recently, America Abroad Media (AAM) announced the honor of Marwan Hamed and his father, famous writer and producer Wahid Hamed, at their sixth annual awards dinner in Washington, DC He is attended by 300,000 fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, making him one of the most followed Egyptian directors on social media.
Novelist Ahmed Mourad is known for writing successful novels that are often adapted into feature films, such as Diamond Dust (2018) and The Blue Elephant (2012). Her first novel, Vertigo (2007), received critical and commercial success and was adapted into a 2012 television series, starring Hend Sabry. With The Blue Elephant, Mourad overcame long-standing religious obstacles that stood in the way of making paranormal horror films in Egypt. The secret to this success is in using socially tolerated elements of Egyptian heritage related to magic, superstitions, and demonic possessions to form the foundation of his horror world. The new film is his original script for the bookless film to draw on and just like his talent for writing books, his talent has made a well-woven script.
Coming from a family of artists, his father is the famous director Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Karim Abdel Aziz is an award-winning actor with exceptional talent who made him excel in the roles of comedy, tragedy and action. critics alike. His repertoire includes successful films including Abu Ali (2005), Wahed Men El Nas (2006), Weld el-Amm (2009), Fasel Wa Na’oud (2011) and The Blue Elephant (2014), which to dominate the Egyptian box office and win him several awards.
Hend Sabry is one of the best Arab actresses with a strong presence on the Arab and international film scene. She has landed roles in over 50 movies and TV series, winning over 30 awards. Sabry is the leading female role in a number of box office hits, such as The Yacoubian Building (2006), Ibrahim
El Abyad (2009), El Gezeira (The Island) (2007), El Gezeira 2 (2014) and Le TrÃ©sor (2017). She is also known for raising awareness of societal issues through her works, namely; Asmaa (2011), won her five awards for her stunning portrayal of an HIV positive woman who suffers from her affliction from her society, and the television drama Halawat Al Dounia where she plays the role of a woman who is diagnosed. cancer soon. before her marriage. After absorbing the shock on her own, she begins to reshape her new life and falls in love unexpectedly. This year, she was selected to be part of the jury for the Venice Film Festival.
Nelly Karim is one of the most renowned Egyptian actresses with many achievements to her credit. His movies. With a repertoire of many box office hits, including Hepta: The Last Lecture (2016), which grossed over EGP 26 million at the Egyptian box office, becoming the highest grossing romantic film in cinema history. Egyptian, and The Blue Elephant. She has won over 25 awards at local and international film festivals. In 2016, she joined the jury of the Orizzonti section (Horizons) at the Venice Film Festival. That same year, she starred in Clash which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes and was selected to represent Egypt at the 2017 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. She has numerous television hits to her credit such as Zaat (2013), Prison for Women (2014), Under Control (2015), Free Fall (2016), Le A’la Se’er (2017) and Disappearance (2018) .