Film critic Fayza Hindawi, a member of the selection committee for film nominations to represent Egypt in the Oscar awards, announced that the Egyptian movie “Voy! Voy! Voy!” (2023) has been nominated to compete for The Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.
Hindawi told Al-Masry Al-Youm, “Voy! Voy! Voy! was nominated by a majority of more than 90 percent of the votes of the committee and the audience, and an official statement will be issued regarding the vote and the films that reached the end of the nominations.”
The film is a black comedy about Hassan, a security guard living a poor life with his mother. He finds salvation from his dreary existence through joining a blind football team, as they embark on a path of glory to the World Cup in Europe.
The issue? Hassan is not blind, and therefore has to be pretend to be visually impaired.
Based on real events, the film is written and directed by Omar Hilal. It stars Mohamed Farrag, Bayoumi Fouad, Taha Desouky, Amjad al-Haggar, Hanan Youssef, Mohamed Abdel-Azim, and Haggag Abdel-Azim, alongside guest star Nelly Karim.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm