Clash (2016 film)

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Film poster
Directed byMohamed Diab
Produced byMoez Masoud
Mohamed Hefzy
Eric Lagesse
Written byMohamed Diab
StarringNelly Karim
Music byKhaled Dagher
CinematographyAhmed Gabr
Release date
  • 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) (Cannes)
  • 27 July 2016 (2016-07-27) (Egypt)
Running time
97 minutes

Clash (Arabic: اشتباك‎) is a 2016 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Mohamed Diab.[1] It was officially selected by the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was the opening film of the Festival's Un Certain Regard section that year.[2][3] It was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[4] It won the award for Best Film at the 2016 International Film Festival of Kerala.[5]

Set just after the political events of June 2013, the film is shot entirely in the confines of a police van containing Muslim Brotherhood members and pro-army supporters, as well as other people belonging to neither of these factions.[6][7]


  • Nelly Karim
  • Hany Adel
  • Mohammed Alaa
  • Khaled Kamal
  • Ali Altayeb
  • Mai Elghety
  • Hosni Sheta
  • Ahmed Malik
  • Mohamed Gamal Kalbaz
  • Ashraf Hamdi


The film has a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 40 reviews.[8]

Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter states the film "will be remembered as one of the most telling depictions of modern Egypt yet filmed" and "is an original, often quite disturbing experience to watch".[9]

Jay Weissberg of Variety writes "this is bravura filmmaking with a kick-in-the-gut message about chaos and cruelty (with some humanity)."[10]

Tom Hanks praised the film by saying: "If there's any way you can see CLASH by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, you must. You simply must. The film will break your heart, but enlighten all."[11]

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  1. ^ "'Clash':Cannes Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup". IndieWire. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Cannes 2016: Film Festival Unveils Official Selection Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ Ritman, Alex (1 September 2016). "Oscars: Egypt Selects 'Clash' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Clash takes home top IFFK laurels". The Hindu. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Cannes Film Review: Clash". Variety. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  7. ^ "'Clash' ('Eshtebak' ): Cannes Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Clash (Eshtebak)". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  9. ^ "'Clash' ('Eshtebak'): Cannes Review". Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  10. ^ Weissberg, Jay (13 May 2016). "Cannes Film Review: 'Clash'". Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Diab's 'Clash' storms Egyptian box office".

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