30 years after its release, how did the movie “Kit Kat” achieve immortality?


Posted by Rana Al-Jami:

One day in the eighties of the last century, film director Daoud Abdel Sayed became attached to the novel “The Heron,” written by Ibrahim Aslan. He was greatly influenced by the story that Aslan woven for the residents of Kit Kat. The treatment was as it was a vision that came to me, and Sheikh Hosni is part of it.”

Abdel Sayed did not know that that fantasy would turn into reality, and that he would be able to make one of the most important Egyptian films throughout its history, which was chosen by critics among the list of the 100 best films in Egyptian cinema, and was celebrated by the Cairo Film Festival, in its 42nd session, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary A year since it was first shown in 1991.


During his writing of the film’s script, Abdel Sayed did not care much about committing to the text of the novel, but rather his honesty was manifested in transferring the status of the novel’s characters to the film, “I felt the helplessness that the characters felt,” as he mentioned in the film symposium held on the sidelines of the festival, and Abdel Sayed Sheikh Hosni chose – Who was played by the actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz – the main hero of the film, although he was not the protagonist of the novel “because he had a strong conflict that could remove the film.”

During the period in which Abdel Sayed was choosing actors to play the roles of the film, the actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz was chosen, who was suitable at that time, as he was at the peak of his stardom as the hero of the series “Raafat Al-Hagan”, and his physical form changed from what it was before. Before that, he looked like a handsome young man, but at that time, Abdel Aziz began to smoke and make him as a lard, which contributed a lot to his representation of the character of Sheikh Hosni.


When Mahmoud Abdel Aziz searched behind the personality of Sheikh Hosni, he wanted to meet some who resembled that character, and Abdel Aziz did not know that he would meet that character during the condolences of the father of art critic Tariq Al-Shennawi, his eyes fell on the condolence reciter, Sheikh Eid Al-Abyad, at that time Abdel Aziz felt That this man is very similar to the imagined character, and indeed he met him several times after that, so that Sheikh Eid Al-Abyad also appeared as a reciter in the film, specifically in the funeral of “Uncle Mujahid” – played by Ahmed Sami Abdullah -, and Abdel Aziz was not satisfied with that; He even met others who helped him assume the character, and Abdel Aziz added to the character of Sheikh Hosni its comedic dimension, which greatly softened the heavy rhythm of the film.

Abdel Aziz did not think that this movie would be a success, it is true that he believed in the film, but he used to say to the actor Ahmed Kamal, “This is a movie of intellectuals who will love it, and it will be in the cinema for four days.” The story is told by the actor Ahmed Kamal during the symposium, but the film achieved A great success, and the audience loved it, and Kit Kat won several awards, including the Alexandria Festival and the Damascus Film Festival, and at that time Abdel Aziz returned to the director of the film and said to him crying, “I’m sorry, David, I did not see this at all.” Abdel Aziz’s artistic life, as Kamal mentions.

Abdel Sayed encountered many difficulties in order to be able to make the film. It took years to find a producer who was enthusiastic about the script, which is Hussein Al-Qalla. The film was rejected by many on the grounds that it was bleak and gloomy, and the head of the censorship of artistic works at that time rejected the film after its implementation under the pretext It is not possible for the hero to be blind, to which Abdel Sayed replied at the time, saying, “Do you mean that we prevent the poetry of Abu Al-Ala Al-Maarri because he is blind?”, but she agreed in the end.

These were not the only difficulties, but that no one imagines that the streets of Kit Kat that appeared in the movie are completely decorated, designed by Onsi Abu Seif, but making an entire lane in the nineties was not an easy matter, but it took a long time until Abu Seif was able to From persuading the officials in the cinema studios, at first Abu Seif agreed with the decoration department in the studios that they would bear to bring the workers in exchange for the film makers bearing the cost of the raw materials, and that Abu Seif would build the neighborhood instead of the one that was burned inside the Nahas studio, but the studios management opposed the agreement after that “and they told us We continue on the existing part of the burned neighborhood, which is an Islamic neighborhood in which they represent the era of historical series.”

After that, Abu Seif came up with an appropriate solution, which is to bring the wood with which he built a lane inside the movie “Alexandria Violin and Violin”, and made one street instead of several – as was planned – and indeed Abu Seif succeeded in making the lane that everyone who watched thought it looked like a kit It was completely cut, and because of the decoration problem, the film was disrupted for five whole years, and Abu Seif took 6 months to make it, and it cost 50 thousand pounds. .

Music was an element no less important than the rest of the elements of the film, and Abdel Sayed formed a duet with musician Rageh Daoud – before it he made the soundtrack for the movie The Tramps, directed by Abdel Sayed – and through discussion sessions between Abdel Sayed and Daoud, the musician was able to reach the appropriate format for the film. Abdel Sayed had the idea of ​​the movie very briefly, “He said that the movie talks about disability, and characters are trying to revolt against their disability,” as Sheikh Hosni was not convinced that he was blind, and in one of the movie’s main scenes, he tried to ride a motorcycle. Contrasted with some, the argul is an instrument whose voice is deep and can be heard in the synagogues, and alongside it the oud, it is a nostalgic instrument that you listen to all the time in coffee and in shops.” Thus, Daoud was able to challenge impotence through music as well.

The symposium was moderated by film critic Mahmoud Abdel Shakour. He watched the film in Dallas cinemas when it was shown. Kit Kat is considered a very important and influential film for him. Abdel Shakour watched it in his youth, and the ending song “Yalla Bina Taalo” represented “national peace” – on As he described it – to his generation at the time, the phrase “each one of us rides his horse” was a magical answer and consolation for the youth of that time.

Although 30 years have passed since the Kit Kat show, the audience was mostly young people, which made Abdel Sayed very happy, as this means that the film touches many souls regardless of age, and also means that Abdel Sayed succeeded in making a film whose cinematic language and stories are still Appropriate for today, when Abdel Sayed made the film, he mixed his own vision with characters who live a broken reality after the 1967 setback, and at the same time he did not neglect to weave a poetic language that gives some hope as Sheikh Hosni and his son sing at the end of the film, “We will run away from today and run from the place We fly and fly We fly with a stray breeze and go to the old days.”


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