The 37th annual Cairo International Film Festival opens November 11th and runs through the 20th, featuring sixteen films that will compete for the Golden Pyramid Award.
The jury’s lineup includes producer Paul Webster (England), actress Dalia al-Behairy, director Marwan Hamed, director Leila Marrakesh, director Giorgi Ovashvili (Georgia), producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint (France) and is headed by film critic Magda Wassef.
Three parallel programs will be taking place; “Critics’ Week” organised by the Film Critics Association, screening the early works of directors; “Prospects for Arab Cinema”, by the Cinema Syndicate; and “The Cinema of Tomorrow”, which features films by students and was organised by the Higher Institute of Cinema.
Among the featured films at the festival are the Estonian action drama 1944 directed by Elmo Nüganen, Danish In Your Arms, directed by Samanou Acheche Sahlstrom, the French-Belgian made drama I am a Soldier by Laurent Larivière, Algerian Madame Courage by Merzak Allouache, and Madonna directed by Shin Su-won from South Korea.
Mediterranea directed by Jonas Carpingnano, Mina Walking directed by Yosef Baraki, Paulina by Santiago Mitre, The Treasure, by Corneliu Porumboiu, and The Wednesday Child by Lili Horvath, are also featured.
Classics will also be screened. The Leopard, Italy 1963 directed by Luchino Visconti, Black Girl, Senegal 1966 directed by Ousmane Sembène, The Color of Pomegranate, Russia 1969 directed by Sergei Parajanov, The Mummy 1970 directed by Shadi Abdel Salam, and Empire M 1972 directed by Hussein Kamal.
It has been reported that 50 percent of the films will have Arabic subtitles but as of yet it is not known which films in particular.