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Shady El-Hamus’s Crypto Boy poised to hit Netflix


- The Dutch feature revolves around a deliveryman who dreams of a better future but gets no further than delivering orders for his father’s restaurant

Shady El-Hamus’s Crypto Boy poised to hit Netflix
Shahine El-Hamus in Crypto Boy (© Rogier van Eck)

Award-winning Dutch-Egyptian filmmaker Shady El-Hamus’s new picture, Crypto Boy, will be out on Netflix on 19 October. The helmer is best known for his recent features Forever Rich (2021) and De Libi [+see also:
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The story of Crypto Boy kicks off in Amsterdam East, where young deliveryman Amir (Shahine El-Hamus) dreams of a better future but gets no further than delivering orders for Burrito, his father Omar's (Sabri Saad El-Hamus) outdated Mexican restaurant. Meanwhile, their neighbourhood is in the midst of complete gentrification. Convenience stores are being replaced by trendy coffee bars, sushi shops and fitness studios – and much to Amir's frustration, his stubborn father is ignoring all his ideas for modernising Burrito. On the other hand, Omar sees his son as an irresponsible idler who isn't capable of taking over the restaurant.

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When a large real-estate company buys up the block and doubles the rent, father and son are at odds and in danger of losing the restaurant, and their home, for good. But when Amir ends up at a meetup with a charismatic young crypto entrepreneur, he sees a way to solve all their problems. Determined to show his father what he is worth, Amir loses himself in the rapidly growing crypto start-up while Omar watches with suspicion as his son drifts further away.

The script was penned by Jeroen Scholten van Aschat together with Shady El-Hamus. The main cast also includes actors Minne Koole, Isabelle Kafando, Manoushka Zeegelaar Breeveld, Leny Breederveld, Raymond Thiry, Loes Schnepper, Jonas Smulders, Kendrick Etmon, Tobias Kersloot and Yari van der Linden.

Crypto Boy is a Fiction Valley production.

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