Tonight’s Opening Act

‘Tonight’s Opening Act’ (2018) is an Egyptian film by young filmmaker Zena AbdelBaky. It’s a reflection on creative youth in Cairo and domestic issues Egyptian youth deal with regularly. In the film, a group of college students put together a band in preparation for a competition, but their individual intentions and backgrounds get in the way.

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The film was written and directed by Zena AbdelBaky, a young filmmaker born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. Due to westernization and the exposure to both western and Egyptian culture and cinema, the film is a depiction of how some Egyptians which are influenced by the western culture use the English and Egyptian Arabic language in their dialogue. It’s inspired by up-and-coming creatives and the new rule-breaking generation which are getting more and more prominent here in Egypt and internationally.

Credits

Cast

Morad …… Mina Ayoub

Sara …… Karima El Demerdash

Ibrahim …… Youssef Eissa

Tamer …… Sameh Hassaballa

Habiba …… Fatma Fahmy

Crew

Director …… Zena AbdelBaky

1st AD …… Nour AbdelBaky

Music Director …… Ahmed Elian

DOP ……. Maged Maher

Production Manager ……. Ibrahim AbdelMoneim

Cameraman …… Tony Raafat

Sound Engineer ……. Emad Farouk

Steadycam Operator …… Mohamed Ahmed

Extras …… Farida Ragab

…… Mohanad El-Sawy

…… Mariam Gabalawy

…… Carine Hamawy

…… Nadim Boulos

…… Youssef Hanna

…… Aisha Lotfy

Songs Written by …… Nadine AbdelLatif

…… Aya ElSharkawy

Sound Editor …… Somaya Hassaballa