In the ever-evolving landscape of cinema, the magic of storytelling often lies in the ability to breathe new life into timeless classics. The third Red Sea International Film Festival recently showcased an intriguing addition to the Arab Masterpieces program – a reimagined version of the 1972 film “A Nose and Three Eyes.” Actress Salma Abu Deif, a prominent figure in the contemporary cinematic scene, shared her thoughts during a press conference about the film and its significance in her career.
Abu Deif’s enthusiasm for the project was palpable as she expressed her unwavering approval for the film. Her confidence stemmed from the vision presented by director Amir Ramses and screenwriter Wael Hamdy, who, according to Abu Deif, meticulously covered all aspects of the work. The actress commended the entire team, including producer Shahinaz Al-Akkad, for creating an environment that encouraged her artistic expression.
One notable aspect of Abu Deif’s endorsement was her appreciation for Ramses’ unique perspective on the character of Ruba. The actress highlighted the character’s complexity but conveyed her ease in connecting with it. Collaborative efforts between Abu Deif and Ramses involved extensive preparatory sessions, ensuring a profound understanding of Ruba’s intricacies. Abu Deif’s dedication to the role reflects her commitment to delivering a compelling performance in this contemporary adaptation of the classic novel by the renowned writer Ihsan Abdul Quddus.
The film, which revisits Abdul Quddus’ novel after 51 years, takes a modern approach to storytelling. Abu Deif’s portrayal of a young girl encountering a womanizing cosmetic doctor adds a fresh layer to the narrative, with the age gap between the characters exceeding 20 years in this updated version. The script and dialogue crafted by Wael Hamdy, under the direction of Amir Ramses, promise a cinematic experience that respects the source material while infusing it with a contemporary sensibility.
As the film captivates audiences at the festival, Abu Deif eagerly anticipates its theatrical release. The screening at the Red Sea International Film Festival marks the beginning of what promises to be a successful journey for this revived classic.
In parallel with her film endeavors, Abu Deif is immersed in the world of television, portraying the lead character in the “Zeinhom” series alongside Ahmed Daoud. The series has garnered significant attention and success since its release, dominating social media discussions with its compelling narrative. Abu Deif’s portrayal of Jamila, an ordinary woman thrust into a quest for truth after her friend’s mysterious murder, showcases her versatility as an actress.
Salma Abu Deif’s involvement in the reimagined “A Nose and Three Eyes” not only highlights her dedication to her craft but also contributes to the broader narrative of reviving cinematic gems for contemporary audiences. As the film progresses through the festival circuit and onto cinema screens, audiences can look forward to witnessing Abu Deif’s artistry in bringing a classic story into the modern spotlight.