Described by The Independent as ‘Gritty and Gripping… an outstanding feature’, the WorldView funded film has continued from strength to strength, and recently won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film at Outfest:
“For its taut narrative, sensitive interrogation of masculinity, excellent performances by an ensemble cast, and intense cinematic experience, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film goes to My Brother The Devil, directed by Sally El Hosaini”.
The film won rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Partnering with Sundance, WorldView awarded the grant to Sally El Hosaini via the WorldView New Genres Fund. Since then, the film has continued to gain critical acclaim on the international festival circuit and will open in cinemas nationwide in November.
My Brother The Devil stars newcomer Fady Elsayed and rising star James Floyd alongside Saïd Taghmaoui (La Haine), and is a visually poetic coming-of-age story about two young British Egyptian brothers growing up on the streets of London.
Mo is a young boy growing up in a traditional Egyptian household, but beyond the front door of the family’s modest London flat is a completely different world – the streets of Hackney. The impressionable Mo idolizes his handsome and charismatic older brother Rashid and wants to follow in his footsteps. However, Rashid wants a different life for his little brother and will do what ever it takes to put him through college. Aching to be seen as a tough guy himself, Mo takes a job that unlocks a fateful turn of events and forces the brothers to confront their inner demons.‘To me, My Brother The Devil’is film about the power of unconditional love. Although it touches on themes of prejudice and identity, at its heart it’s a love story between two brothers’ comments El Hosaini. ‘Mo and Rashid’s relationship is the spine and heart of this story and the film is about a journey from a kid and idol relationship to true brotherhood’Bold and uncompromising, My Brother The Devilhas an elegance and a poetry that sets it apart, and firmly establishes El Hosaini as a distinct and visionary voice in British cinema.- Verve PicturesBottom image: Sally El Hosaini (centre) directs the cast.