With his diverse experience in cinema, TV dramas, in addition to commercials and music video, Director Hadi Elbagoury’s experience was not only about making mere attempts in these fields, but it was about using his experience through alternative creative media.
Elbagoury co-established his production house The Producers with Executive Producer Hani Osama in 2000 with an aim to make first-class and strong film and TV productions entering innovative and varied areas, which is exactly what Elbagoury was looking for. Through The Producers, Elbagoury made his 16 mm series A‘ard Khas (2010) that holds the record for being the first series of its kind in the Arab world.
His latest directorial effort, Al Daif (The Guest) is written by Ibrahim Eissa and features a number of Egyptian big-name stars including; Shereen Reda, Ahmed Malek, Khaled El Sawy and Jamila Awad. Within its world premiere, Al Daif won the Audience Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia where it had a full-house screening. The film marks the sole Egyptian and African film in the official competition of the festival.
Hadi made his first foray into to the world of cinema through his film Wahed Sahih, which was screened in 2011. Not only was the film a significantly successful hit in theatres, but it was also the festival opener of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2011 as part of Muhr Arab Feature Competition, and Hadi won the Best Directorial Debut award from the Egyptian National Film Center.
Elbagoury also directed the thriller film Warda (2014) with the contribution of The Producers, which was a box-office hit in Egypt and the Arab world. The film grabbed the media’s attention and audiences on social media for being inspired by true events. Warda is the first Egyptian feature to be shot in Found-footage style and the first film in the Arab filmmaking community to have its final cut revamped based on the audiences' remarks on the ending in a test screening held prior to its theatrical release.
Elbagoury’s film Hepta: The Last Lecture (2016) is based on Mohamed Sadek's best-selling book, which topped the charts in Egypt and throughout the Arab world for several weeks, and sold more than 35 copies. With an enormous cast list, Hepta: The Last Lecture has become the highest-grossing romantic film in the history of Egyptian cinema with revenues that reached more than EGP 27 million since its release in Egyptian theaters. Elbagoury won several awards for his film Hepta: The Last Lecture, including the Best Director award at the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA), a Special Award under the name of late director Mohamed Khan at the 43rd Cairo Film Society Festival, DG Best Director award at the 2016 annual poll of the Dear Guest Magazine (DG Awards) and the Best Egyptian Director of 2016 award at the 65th Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival.
Elbagoury has directed many successful music videos working with weighty artists in the Arab world including Samira Said, Mohamed Mounir, Tamer Hostny and Amr Diab. As a TV commercial director, he won the Gold Award at the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity in 2016 for his two TV ads for EDITA’s Molto croissant. Hadi used the magical realism style to introduce these two products, blending the reality of the Egyptian street with fictional characters.
Hadi started his career as an Executive Producer, and then he shifted to directing TV commercials towards the late 1990s. As a TV commercial director, he directed many ads for several multi-national advertising agencies, including BBDO, JWT, FP7, and Leo Burnett. Based in Cairo, Hadi’s shoots are filmed between Dubai, Turkey, Lebanon and Morocco.
The diversity of Hadi Elbagoury’s experience was shaped earlier through his family; his father, Gameel Elbagoury, is a renowned Journalist and TV Producer, while his aunt is the late renowned actress Zizi El Badrawy and his brother is late Director/Screenwriter Sameh Elbagoury. Elbagoury is married to actress Yasmine Raeis.