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At the 38th edition of Cairo International Film Festival: 2 Egyptian films take on international race among 16 others

A few days before the opening ceremony of the 38th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Magda Wassef, the president of the festival, with representatives of the Parallel Programs running alongside the international competition in CIFF and the 4th Cairo Film Conncetion unveiled some secrets about one of Egypt’s most reputable artistic and cultural …

Rana Khaled

One year has passed without Omar Al-Sharif

Although it only seems like a few weeks ago, one whole year has passed since the death of Egypt’s handsome mesmerising ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Omar Al-Sharif. On a Friday morning, people woke up to the news of their beloved award-winning super star’s death, due to a heart attack at the age of 83. Between disbelief …

Daily News Egypt

The trouble with the Cairo International Film Festival

“The FIAPF has not specified that this will happen though obviously it would not be good if the festival was not held two years in a row. But why would it not be held? We have permission from the FIAPF to hold it. The only reason why it would not happen is because the Ministry is in the way. This is a clear case of the minister creating the problem and then using it as an excuse to bring the organization back under the his wing.”

Daily News Egypt

Egypt sweeps top awards at Cairo International Film Festival

In an unprecedented feat that could put the legitimacy of the awards into question, Egypt swept all major awards of the 34th Cairo International Film Festival, earning best picture, best actor, best actress and best Arabic film. The awards were announced Thursday evening at Cairo Opera House’s Main Hall. The low-key closing ceremony was notable …

DNE

Musical ‘Emir’ hits a flat note

By Elizabeth Vossen Although it may be considered a feat for Filipino cinema, “Emir” falls flat in the international film scene. “Emir” is an official International Feature Film selection of the 34th Cairo International Film Festival, which marks its Arab premier. Although expectations weren’t particularly high at the outset, “Emir” — the latest film by Filipino …

DNE

Change and exchange with Cairo Film Connection

Speculation on the Cairo International Film Festival’s (CIFF) past years of limited exposure, lack of opportunity for budding new talent, and the absence of a space to exchange ideas and works, has prompted a new initiative within the CIFF. Collaboration between the Egyptian Film Center and Misr International Films has resulted in the festival’s first …

DNE

‘Ring Road’ tackles organ trafficking

Organ trafficking is a widespread but poorly understood concern in Egypt. Activists and documentarians have largely shied away from this sensitive but important issue, as it serves as a microcosm of many of the world’s more widespread social ills. Egypt is one of the world’s leading destinations for illegal kidney trafficking, and organ sales among …

DNE

‘Stray Bullet’ explores love, family during Lebanon’s Civil War

The Arab films at this year’s Cairo International Film Festival have been billed as exceptional, and “Stray Bullet,” a Lebanese entry at the Arab Competition, does not disappoint. The film was directed by Beirut native Georges Hachem and stars director/actress Nadine Labaki of “Caramel” fame. “Stray Bullet” is Hachem’s first feature length production, and was …

DNE

‘Piran – Pirano’ hits the mark

Slovenian film “Piran – Pirano,” an official selection of the 34th Cairo International Film Festival, received well-deserved approval from audiences. The film screening on Dec. 8 was followed by a press conference with respected screenwriter and director Goran Vojnovic?. Vojnovic?, born in 1980 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has only been writing and directing for a short …

DNE

CIFF recommended movies for Thursday

The Secret in Their Eyes Directed by: Juan José Campanella. Starring: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil and Pablo Rago. Synopsis: It’s 2974 in Buenos Aires. Benjamín Espósito and Pablo Sandoval, legal investigators at one of the city’s criminal courts, are joined by a new boss, Cornell-trained lawyer Irene Menéndez Hastings. Benjamín and Irene are clearly attracted …

DNE

Discovering secrets behind closed ‘doors’

By Maya Dukmasova Mohamed Abdelhafez is probably the world’s only practicing gastroenterologist and independent filmmaker at the same time. His first film, “The Door,” premiered as part of the Digital Feature Film Competition at this year’s Cairo International Film Festival. Abdelhafez created this gripping psychological thriller for a total of about $100. He used a family …

DNE

CIFF recommended movies for Wednesday

The Flowers of Rowan Directed by: Alyona•Semenova/Alexander•Smirnov. Starring: Konstantin Milovanov, Elizaveta Arzamasova and Denis Sukhomlinov. Synopsis: The flowers of rowan are delicate and fragile and bloom for less than 10 days. The same appeared to the lives of the young girls who were sent to clear bombs left after World War II on the fields …

DNE

‘Who am I?’ and ‘The Unfinished Letter’ at CIFF

In his second feature film, “Who am I?”, American-educated Russian director Klim Shipenko delivers an ideal cinematic experience: gripping, twisted plot line; sincere, powerful performances; aesthetically appealing cinematography; and a subtle exploration of powerful philosophical questions. The plot of the film — which’s screening as part of Cairo International Film Festival’s International Competition — is …

DNE

CIFF recommended movies on Monday

Copacabana Directed by: Marc Fitoussi. Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Aure Atika and Lolita Chammah Synopsis: Boldly unconventional and cheerful, that’s how one could describe Babou. Never having cared about social conventions, she is suddenly faced with the realization that her own daughter is ashamed of her and therefore refuses to invite her to her wedding. Hurt …

DNE

‘Jean Gentil’: First Dominican film screened at Cairo International Film Fest

The Cairo International Film Festival witnessed a rare first on Saturday at the Cairo Opera House: its first screening of a Dominican movie. The feature length film, “Jean Gentil”, is the work of Mexican-Dominican husband-wife team Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman. Based on the life of a real man named Jean Remy Genty, a …

DNE

Gere, Binoche honored at CIFF opening

By Elizabeth Vossen With cameras flashing and the media ambitiously vying for their attention, glamorous film and television stars as well as industry professionals swarmed the red carpet Tuesday evening at the 34th annual Cairo International Film Festival. While the festival strove gallantly to achieve international standards, it fell somewhat short due to what seemed to …

DNE

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