The Cairo International Film Festival unveils its full line-up

– Emir Kusturica will chair the jury of the International Competition, appointed to evaluate 13 feature films including 8 European productions or co-productions

Girls by Nana Neul

From November 26 to December 3, the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival, the oldest and only “Category A” film event in the Middle East, will feature 98 titles from 63 countries in a rich and diverse program, including 27 world premieres and seven international premieres. The festival kicks off with the hilarious satire of the film industry Official competition [+see also:
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by a skilful Argentinian duo Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat, as one of the highly anticipated premieres in the Middle East. Other well-received films at previous festivals, such as Stefan Arsenijevicit is As far as I can walk, Apichatpong Weerasethakulit is Memory [+see also:
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and Celine Sciammait is Little mom [+see also:
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will be presented in the Official Selection – Out of Competition, Special Screenings and International Panorama sections.

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Among the contenders for the International Competition, four of the non-European titles will benefit from their world premieres: Abuseaddam through Nadine Khan (Egypt), Daughters of Abdul-Rahman through Zaid Abu Hamdan (Jordan), seven dogs through Rodrigo Guerrero (Argentina) and tomorrow through Dhafer L’Abidine (Tunisia). Girls [+see also:
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through Nana Neul (Germany/Italy/Greece) will celebrate its international premiere, while the other titles will be released locally for the first time: 107 mothers [+see also:
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through Pierre Kerekes (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Ukraine), A Chiara [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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through Jonas Carpignano (Italy/France), Alone through Hong Seong-eun (South Korea), Miracle [+see also:
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interview: Bogdan George Apetri
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through Bogdan George Apetri (Romania/Czech Republic/Latvia), Prayers for the Stolen [+see also:
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through Tatiana Huezo (Mexico/Germany/Brazil), Small Body [+see also:
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interview: Laura Samani
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through Laura Samani (Italy/France/Slovenia), Soft [+see also:
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interview: Samuel Theis
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through Samuel Theis (France) and The hole in the fence [+see also:
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through Joaquin Del Paso (Mexico/Poland). One of the 13 titles will receive the Youssef Cherif Rizkallah Audience Prize, worth $15,000.

Emir Kusturica and his colleagues on the jury, namely the composer Khaled Mouzannar (Lebanon), directors Chaitanya Tamhane (India) and Roberto Minervini (Italy), and actresses Marisa Berenson (UNITED STATES), Nelly Karim (Egypt) and Nora Arnezeder (France) – will nominate the winners of the prizes in seven categories: the Golden Pyramid Award for best film, given to the corresponding producer; the Silver Pyramid (special jury prize) for best director; the Bronze Pyramid Award for best first or second work, given to the director; the Naguib Mahfouz Prize for Best Screenplay; the Best Actor Award; the award for best actress; and the Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution.

Feature films will also be featured in the Horizons of Arab Cinema competition and the International Critics’ Week competition, in which 12 European productions and co-productions are presented as local premieres: Fiasco [+see also:
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through Nicolas Khoury (Lebanon/Netherlands), memory box [+see also:
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through Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (France/Lebanon/Canada/Qatar), Our river… Our sky through Mayson Pachachi (Iraq/UK/France/Germany/Kuwait/UAE), streams [+see also:
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interview: Mehdi Hmili
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through Mehdi Hmili (Tunisia/France), River [+see also:
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through Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon/France/Germany), Amparo [+see also:
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through Simon Mesa Soto (Colombia/Sweden/Qatar/Germany), Vera dreams of the sea [+see also:
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interview: Kaltrina Krasniqi
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through Kaltrina Krasniqi (Kosovo/Albania/North Macedonia), Blue Moon [+see also:
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interview: Alina Grigore
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through Alina Grigorie (Romania), The Civil [+see also:
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interview: Teodora Ana Mihai
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through Theodora Mihai (Belgium/Romania/Mexico), wild roots [+see also:
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through Hajni Kis (Hungary/Slovakia), the stranger [+see also:
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interview: Ameer Fakher Eldin
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through Ameer Fakher Eldine (Syria/Germany/Palestine/Qatar) and Dark Heart of the Forest [+see also:
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through Serge Mirzabekiantz (Belgium/France). Along with the titles from the international competition, they are eligible for the award for best Arab film (worth $10,000). 22 other short films will compete in the International Short Film Competition for the Youssef Chahine Prize ($5,000) and the Special Jury Prize. Two honorary prizes will also be awarded: the Golden Pyramid Award for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to a very popular Egyptian actress nellywhile his compatriot, thesp Karim Abdel Azizwill receive the Faten Hamama Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film.

the Cairo Industry Days The side event will hold its fourth edition from December 1 to 5, again featuring a series of talks and master classes, various activities organized by Netflix and a “One Day TV Focused Pitch Forum”, co-organized with Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI) and will feature 11 projects, among other highlights. The key section of the industry is the Cairo Film Connection (CFC) co-production platform, where a jury of eminent film professionals will select projects that will receive cash and in-kind prizes presented by CFC partners. Jury members will distribute more than $300,000 via 21 prizes offered by 22 film companies and institutions. Said jury includes the director of film programming of the Cannes Film Market Alice Kharoubi (France), filmmaker Cherif El-Bendary (Egypt) and director of Metropolis Cinema Hania Mroue (Lebanon). Of the 15 shortlisted projects, eight (i.e. the majority) were developed by female directors, five projects are by rookie directors, three feature-length narrative projects were submitted by award-winning female directors whose filmographies include several acclaimed documentaries and three famous filmmakers are back with their sophomore projects.

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