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Cairo Film Festival Kicks Off With Arab Film Showcase

The Cairo International Film Festival kicks off on November 13 with the Middle Eastern premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Mr and Mrs Faberman, featuring a new-look leadership team that brings fresh energy to the Arab cinema ladies.

event of the year It is the first of its kind as festival director for Egyptian filmmaker Amir Ramses and industry head Reem Alam, who were appointed earlier this year.

Ramses was tapped just weeks after Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzi stepped down as festival president after helping revamp the long-running event during his four-year tenure.

Hefzy expands Fest’s international reach, strengthens relationships with international stakeholders, and launches industry components that quickly establish itself as one of the leading platforms for filmmakers in the region made a particular contribution to

Running until 22nd November, the 44th edition of the festival runs alongside Marrakech (11th-19th November) and takes place on the eve of Saudi Arabia’s second glamorous Red Sea Film Festival. It unfolds within a crowded autumn calendar of Arab festivals. It will be held in Jeddah from December 1st to 10th.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival, held in late October for five years and brought star power to the Red Sea resort town, has been put on hold this year. Its future is uncertain.

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Speaking to Variety on opening night, Ramses, who served as El Gouna’s artistic director from 2017 to 2021, explained the spirit of healthy competition among festivals in the region. Strengthen Arab cinema.

In his first year in Cairo, Ramses was keen to secure a line-up that would help put El Gouna on the map. helped attract strong titles making waves in

Among the films celebrating its regional premiere in Cairo is Carla Simone’s Berlin Golden Bear-winning ‘Alcarràs’. “Saint Omer” winner of Alice Diop’s Grand Jury of Venice and Lion of the Future awards. Alejandro Loaiza Grisi’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for ‘Utama’. Sally El Hossaini’s Toronto opening film “The Swimmers.” Director Lucas Dont’s Grand Prix winner ‘Closes’, Jerzy Skolimowski’s ‘EO’ which won the Jury Prize, and Riley Keough and Gina Gammel’s Camera d’Or winner ‘War Pony’ at Cannes this year. It has won numerous awards at film festivals.

At the same time, the longest-running showcase of Arab cinema looks to shine a spotlight on the region’s emerging and established talent. will be screened among 14 titles vying for the festival’s Golden Pyramid, including Lebanese director Ali Sheri’s Cannes Director’s Weekly Player ‘The Dam’.

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Meanwhile, the festival’s Horizons of Arab Cinema competition kicks off with the world premiere of Egyptian filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha’s documentary Far From the Nile. Other outstanding works include his world premiere of ‘The Family’ by Algerian director Merzak Allouache, for which he won Variety magazine’s Middle East Film Director Award in 2013, and Mounia Meddour’s ‘Houria’. Includes Middle East premiere. Rome Film Festival.

This year was an iconic year for Arab cinema. Moroccan director-writer Mariam Touzani wins his FIPRESCI Award in Cannes for ‘The Blue Caftan’, Saliel his Hossaini’s ‘The Swimmers’ graces the opening of the Toronto Film Festival, and his six films from the start. More feature films have been screened. – and the second Arab director in the official section of Venice.

Cairo’s programming director Andrew Mohsen said this was no coincidence, adding that “long efforts” by other filmmakers in the region and an increasingly diverse programming team have broken down barriers at the A-class festival. Not just because of what we’re getting rid of, but also because of the work of Arab fests like Cairo. , “plays an important role by financially supporting some of these projects, or by showing some of these films for the first time.” For many Arab filmmakers, he added, “Now is the time.”

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The 5th Annual Cairo Industry Days, November 17-22, will feature an extensive program of masterclasses, talks, workshops and panel discussions with award-winning filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world. I’d like to introduce_______

The Cairo Film Connection co-production marketplace will feature 15 projects from 10 countries in North Africa and the Middle East, including 5 projects from the host country. The awards were presented on November 20 by a jury composed of Berlin International Film Festival Managing Director Mariet Lissenbeek, Egyptian filmmaker and curator Viola Shafiq and Tunisian director Raja Amari. increase.

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