41st session of Cairo Film Festival closes

The 41st session of the Cairo International Film Festival, which kicked off on November 20 with the film “Irish” by Director Martin Scorsese closed on Friday evening.

The festival was marked by the screening of more than 150 films from 63 countries, including 35 films in its first international screenings in addition to the 84 films in its premiere in the Middle East and North Africa.

The closing ceremony of the Cairo International Film Festival was an opportunity to announce the films awarded in the competition.

Special mention of the Egyptian film “Trap” from the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition

The Egyptian short film “Trap” by Nada Riad received a special mention from the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition.

The film, which premiered in the Middle East and North Africa, revolves around two lovers who meet in an area near the sea to make love out of sight, but the real test of their relationship comes when the girl decides not to continue.

Participate in the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition, Portuguese producer and distributor Nuno Rodriguez, Egyptian actress Hanan Mutawa, and Dutch actor Natalie Merop, responsible for promoting Dutch cinema and film culture worldwide at SEE NL.

Special mention of the Lebanese film “ Tamas ” from the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition

The Lebanese short film “Tamas” by Samir Seryani received a special mention from the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition.

The film, which saw its first African premiere, revolves around a sniper camping at the border, killing refugees trying to cross and then collecting what is left behind to survive. Once he finds a tape of a victim’s diary and starts listening to him to discover the other point of view.

Member of the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition includes Portuguese producer and distributor Nuno Rodriguez, Egyptian actress Hanan Mutawa, and Dutch actor Natalie Merop, responsible for promoting Dutch cinema and film culture worldwide at SEE NL.

” Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures de la jeune fille de Pierre,” wins the jury prize of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition.

Gabriel Abrantes, the Portuguese-French film ” Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures de la jeune fille de Pierre,” won the jury award presented by the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition. This was announced at the closing ceremony of the 41st Cairo Film Festival, taking place at the Grand Theater at the Egyptian Opera House.

The film, which premiered in the Middle East and North Africa, revolves around a statue of a young girl at the Louvre, who is bored of her stand.

The member of the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition, Portuguese producer and distributor Nuno Rodriguez, Egyptian actress Hanan Mutawa, and Dutch actor Natalie Merop, responsible for promoting Dutch cinema and film culture worldwide at SEE NL.

Palestinian film “Ambiance” wins Youssef Chahine Award for the best short film

The Palestinian film “Ambiance” by Wissam Al-Jaafari won the Youssef Shaheen Award for Best Short Film, which was announced by the jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition.

The film, which premiered in the Middle East and North Africa, revolves around two young men inside a Palestinian refugee camp trying to record a music clip for a competition, but they find it difficult because of the loud voices infiltrating them from each side.

The jury of Al Ghad International Short Film Competition includes Portuguese producer and distributor Nuno Rodriguez, Egyptian actress Hanan Mutawa, and Dutch actor Natalie Merop, responsible for promoting Dutch cinema and film culture worldwide at SEE NL.

“Arrest” wins the Special Jury Prize (Fathi Farag) in the Critics Week Competition

The Romanian film “Arrest” by André Coon won the Fathi Farag Special Jury Prize, presented by the International Critics Week Jury.

The film, which premiered in the Middle East and North Africa, takes place in August 1983. For unknown reasons, Dino is arrested while having fun on a Romanian beach with his wife and two sons.

He is kept in a single cell with Valle, who turns out to be not just a fellow detainee.

Jessica Kiang, an Irish film critic, Variety magazine, Egyptian director Nadine Khan and Jordanian critic Najeh Hassan participated in the International Critics Week contest.

“The Land of Ashes” wins the Shadi Abdel Salam Award for best film in the Critics Week Competition

“The Land of Ashes” directed by Sophia Kiros Ubeda won the Shady Abdel Salam Award for Best Film at the International Critics Week Competition.

The film premiered in the Middle East and North Africa was produced by Costa Rica, Chile, and Argentina,

It is about Silva, who lives in a Caribbean coastal town. After the sudden missing of her mother, she becomes responsible for taking care of her grandfather, who refuses to live…

Jessica Kiang, an Irish film critic, Variety magazine, Egyptian director Nadine Khan and Jordanian critic Najeh Hassan participated in the International Critics Week contest.

“Beirut Terminus” best non-fiction film in the Arab Cinema Horizons Competition

The Arab Cinema Horizons Competition announced that the film “Beirut the Last Station” directed by Elie Kamal won the best non-fiction film award.

The film, which witnessed its first international screening, is a Lebanese-Emirati production and revolves around exploring the concepts of borders, identity and belonging in an area of ​​the world that has been destined to be perturbed.

The jury of the Arab Film Horizons Competition was presided over by Canadian critic Pierce Handling, Director and former CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival from 1994 to 2018, with members including German actor Thomas Kretschmann, Bulgarian producer Stephen Kitanov, Egyptian actress Hala Shiha, and Lebanese actress Betty Total.

“Un Fils” بيك نعيش ” wins the Special Jury Prize (Salah Abu Saif) in the Prospects of Arab Cinema

Mahdi Barsaoui’s feature film won the prize of Salah Abu Seif for the Special Jury Prize in the Arab Film Horizons Competition.

The film is a Tunisian-French-Lebanese production, premiered in the festival and in the Middle East. It revolves around Fares and Mariam’s journey to southern Tunisia, which becomes a disaster when their only son, Aziz, was shot at random. His injury, which requires liver transplantation, turns the life of the family upside down, revealing an old, long-hidden secret that almost threatens the couple’s relationship forever.

The jury of the Arab Film Horizons Competition was presided over by Canadian critic Pierce Handling, director and former CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival from 1994 to 2018. German actor Thomas Kretschmann, Bulgarian producer Stephen Kitanov, Egyptian actress Hana Shiha, and Lebanese actress Betty Total are also members of the jury.

TunisianMonitorOnline (by TMO correspondent Douha Essaafi)

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