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Egyptian Director of Clash (Eshtebak) Mohamed Diab Becomes Judge at the Cannes Film Festival

Egyptian director Mohamed Diab has been appointed as a judge at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab, director of critically-acclaimed, award-winning film Clash (Eshtebak), has been added to the jury for short and student films at the Cannes Film Festival’s 70th edition.

His film also picked up the gongs for best director and best screenplay at the Cannes’ Arab Critics Awards. It was a good day for the Egyptian film industry, having also walked away with two additional awards for best film, which went to In the Last Days of the City, and best actress for Egyptian thespian Heba Ali for her performance in Withered Green, Al Ahram Online reports.

In the Last Days of the City is yet to be screened in Egypt, with Zawya announcing in March that the censorship bureau is yet to approve it for domestic distribution.

Mohamed Diab’s Clash (Eshtebak) has received rave reviews since its release last year, garnering praise from Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks and Daniel Craig. It centres on a group of detained protesters in the back of a riot truck during the violent turmoil the country was embroiled in during the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in August 2013.