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Kiss me Not

North American Premiere


Country: Egypt
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English
Original Title: Balash Tebosni

Running Time: 88min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Cinema 360º

Any number of problems can come up on a film shoot—but what happens when the star of the movie won’t kiss her co-star? This is the issue that Tamer is facing on the set of his debut feature: he cast the stunning Fagr (played by rising Egyptian star Yasmine Rais) for her past work in racy roles, but mid-production she suddenly becomes devout. This conundrum becomes a battle of wills that speaks to much larger societal issues regarding religion, empowerment, and even film culture itself.

In a mockumentary form, director and writer Ahmed Amer examines Fagr’s motivations, Tamer’s frustrations and weaves in beautiful footage from classic Egyptian films to create a hilarious satire that pushes the envelop in examining the contemporary contradictions of a complex country.


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Director: Ahmed Amer
Producer: Dina Farouk, Alaa Karkouti
Screenwriter: Ahmed Amer
Executive Producer: Wael Omar

Cinematographer: Houssam Shahine
Editor: Emad Maher

Cast: Yasmine Rais, Mohamed Mahran, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Muhammed el Hajj, Sherif Khayam, Wael Omar

Ahmed Amer

Ahmed Amer is a screenwriter and director living between Cairo and New York. His writing credits include Winter of Discontent (13) and Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim (16). Kiss Me Not (17) is his feature film directorial debut.