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Egyptian Director Yousry Nasrallah Wows Hollywood With His Gorgeous New Film

Uncannily refreshing, Yousry Nasrallah’s visually stunning new film, Brooks, Meadows, and Lovely Faces, is garnering international acclaim while providing a rare insight into Egyptian society.

Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt’s prodigious and refreshingly deviant director has Hollywood on its feet (and waiting for more!) after having his lively, sensual, and non-conforming film compete at Locarno’s Golden Leopard Competition in Switzerland. Now his film, Brooks, Meadows, and Lovely Faces will be featured at Dubai’s International Film Festival, which runs from the 7th to the 14th of December. Nasrallah will also sit on the jury panel of the festival’s Muhr Emirati Competition.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is an “unapologetic crowd-pleaser” that “[sticks] out like a cheerfully garish sore thumb”. Capturing the beauty of rural living in a comedic fashion without suppressing the harsh realism that accompanies it. The plot of Brooks, Meadows, and Lovely Faces is set in a small Egyptian village where a catering family prepare for a wedding celebration. The intersection of drugs, sex, death, and fashion is explored in a vividly colourful and raw manner; giving it the soap opera feel that most of us love.

Nasrallah has often dazed audiences with his poignant depiction of Egyptian society by elegantly exposing the effervescence of opposing social classes and the inescapable connection that the classes share, as seen in his movie Aquarium. His 1993 film, Mercedes, which depicts the life of a gay man living in an Egyptian community, but was banned in Egypt because of social causes it seemed to elude to. Thus, we often await the release and the associated chatter of his masterpieces in hopes that he will show the world what activists have been trying to do for decades.