Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power. Clash is directed by Mohamed Diab

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Critic Reviews (14)

7.1
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Critical Consensus: Good.
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Screen Daily

23 Aug 2017
8.0
"While the stand-off does have its scripted moments, Clash rises above this for two reasons. Firstly, it’s intensely cinematic.... Secondly, underlying the drama is a rather poignant lament for the unity and energy of Egyptian culture, something wh ...
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Variety

23 Aug 2017
8.0
"Boasting superb camerawork from d.p. Ahmed Gabr and stellar crowd direction, “Clash” might strike some as crossing too often into hysteria, yet this is bravura filmmaking with a kick-in-the-gut message about chaos and cruelty (with some humanity ...
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Empire

23 Aug 2017
8.0
"This Cannes favourite regards Egypt’s recent political uprisings from a fascinating new angle. A minor masterpiece of claustrophobia and expertly managed tension." ...
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Time Out London

23 Aug 2017
8.0
"The story is fictional, yet it builds up a chastening picture of divisive separate political and religious agendas holding sway over common humanity, and leading the country deeper into chaos. A striking, tough-minded achievement." ...
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The Hollywood Reporter

23 Aug 2017
9.0
"Running the gamut from social comedy to actioner to war movie, Clash is an original, often quite disturbing experience to watch. From beginning to end, all the action takes place within the claustrophobic confines of the van, where warring protestor ...
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The Guardian

19 Apr 2017
8.0
How does a director begin to convey the sheer horror of finding yourself in the middle of a country at war with itself? There’s a fine line to tread between involving the viewer in the situation at hand and remaining authentic, refusing to embellis ...

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Release Date(s):

May 12, 2016 (Cannes Film Festival), July 27, 2016 (Egypt)

Executive Producer:

Jamal Al Dabbous, Daniel Ziskind

Cinematography:

Ahmed Gabr

Screenplay:

Mohamed Diab

Editor:

Ahmed Hafez

Production Designer:

Hend Haider

Sound:

Ahmed Adnan, Frédéric Attal, Laurent Chassaigne, Gadou Naudin, Hubert Persat

Music:

Khaled Dagher

Production Company:

Sampek Productions, Acamedia Pictures, NiKo Film, Fortress Film Clinic, Pyramide International, ARTE France Cinéma, Film-Clinic

Distribution:

MAD Solutions (Egypt) (theatrical), Pyramide Distribution (France) (theatrical), Weird Wave (Greece) (theatrical), Kino Lorber (USA) (all media)

Language:

Arabic

Runtime:

97 minutes

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