Egypt participates in Ukraine International Travel, Tourism Exhibition    139 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza    Palestinian under attack in 73rd anniversary of Nakba Day    Egypt's Health Ministry launches awareness campaigns against COVID-19    Egypt partakes in drafting OECD Recommendations on AI    Palestine's Telecom Ministry names top social media supportive hashtags for maximum engagement    Egypt fines mobile operators EGP 20m for number portability violations    Sudan pledges to investigate killing of 2 protestors during peaceful sit-in    Grand Egyptian Museum finishes installing Tutankhamun's 3rd shrine    Egypt discovers several ancient tombs in Sohag's Al-Hamdiya necropolis    Egypt scales up readiness of hospitals nationwide for Eid Al-Fitr holidays    Egyptian hospitals in Sinai on alert amid Israeli aggression on Gaza    Egypt announces Thursday 1st day of Eid Al-Fitr    Nuweiba: Egypt's paradise of serenity    Egypt's current account deficit jumps to $7.6 bln in 1H of FY2020/21: CBE    Egypt's trade deficit down 1.2% to $3.34bn in February 2021: CAPMAS    Global economic recovery to improve debt service coverage ratios: Moody's    Egypt's Parliament discusses abolishing imprisonment for female debtors    India signs an agreement to buy 300,000 doses of Remdesivir from Eva Pharma    Egypt will locally manufacture first 2m Sinovac vaccine doses by June-end    2021 South East European Film Festival celebrates cinematic diversity of 18 countries    Turkey seeks to restore 'historic unity' with Egyptian people: Erdogan    Elneny's Arsenal targets 'remontada' in Europa League semi-finals    Zamalek eye return to victories at expense of Smouha in Egyptian Premier League    Al Ahly face injuries as they take on Al Ittihad Alexandria    Egypt buys 30 Rafale fighter jets from France    Direct flights between Russia and Egypt will resume in June, Ambassador    Egypt's Ahly is establishing a new stadium, expected to be 'sports complex'    Blinken presses Ethiopia's Abiy to ensure full withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray    Forces opposed to Somali president control parts of Mogadishu    Nine people executed in Egypt over Kerdasa police killings in 2013    UEFA investigating Ibrahimovic's alleged ties to betting company    61 doctors died from coronavirus since start of April: Egypt's medical syndicate    Egypt targets 5.6% inflation rate in FY2020/21, 6% in FY2021/22    Egypt allocates EGP 132 bln to modernise railway system: Transport minister    Real Madrid not thinking about any Super League sanctions: Zidane    Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG after attacks    All the winners at the 93rd Academy Awards    Egypt's Ahly granted approval to build new stadium on Cairo outskirts    Aswan Int'l Women's Film Festival dedicates 5th edition to Kawthar Heikal    BREAKING: Egypt's information minister Osama Heikal resigns amid parliamentary criticism    'War was not Egypt's aim, but peace was the ultimate goal,' Sisi says on Sinai Liberation Day anniversary    Factbox: Key nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards    Old Cairo's Al-Fustat will be revamped on Egyptian President's directives    Veteran Egyptian journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed passes away at 86    Allianz Egypt partners with IGNITE to equip brand ambassadors for 2021 Olympics    Hassan Allam consortium wins contract to manage, operate Grand Egyptian Museum    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Schrödinger's film festival
Published in Ahram Online on 15 - 09 - 2020

In the buildup to the upcoming El Gouna Film Festival (GFF, 23-31 October), festivals all over the world including Cannes were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Karlovy Vary, for example, was due to open on 28 April but had to be rescheduled for 2-10 July 2021. The 77th Venice Film Festival did open live with Daniele Luchetti's Lacci (The Ties) on 2 September, however – a cinematic miracle by many accounts – closing successfully 10 days later, even though the decision was not made until the 11th hour. The Golden Lion went to American filmmaker Chloé Zhao's Nomadland, while the Portuguese filmmaker Ana Rocha de Sousa's debut, Listen, a film about forced adoptions in London – selected for GFF's narrative competition – won the Lion of the Future and the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize.
The last film event to take place in Egypt was the ninth Luxor Film Festival (6-12 March), which was stopped midway through its proceedings. Despite plans to cancel it, the 27th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (1-11 September) did take place with online seminars and no international guests physically present. A closing ceremony at the National Theatre was attended by Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem. As for the GFF itself, it has been delayed one month, but should take place as scheduled. Plans include more open-air screenings despite plans to build a new Gouna Conference and Culture Centre (GCCC) in which to headquarter the event and host the CineGouna platform alongside most screenings.
The Man Who Sold His Skin
The fourth GFF includes the MENA premiere of Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania's narrative feature The Man Who Sold His Skin. Awarded US$10,000 from Beelink Productions through the second CineGouna SpringBoard, the film had its world premiere in the Horizon section at the 77th Venice Film Festival. It stars Yahya Mahayni and Dea Liane, and marks Monica Bellucci's debut in Arab cinema. It is the story of Sam Ali, a Syrian young man who flees the war hoping to join his lover in Europe, and on the way agrees to have his back tattooed by a famous contemporary artist who wants to turn his body into a work of art. Ben Hania – whose work includes Zeinab Hates the Snow (2016) and Beauty and the Dogs (2017) – won the GFF Bronze Star in the short films competition for Sheikh's Watermelons (2018). The Man Who Sold His Skin was nominated for Best Film at the Venice Horizons Award.
Also in GFF's narrative competition is Palestinian filmmaker Ameen Nayfeh's 200 Meters, another CineGouna Platform project that won the Mentor Arabia prize for Children and Youth Empowerment at the inaugural round. It will have its MENA premiere here. It is the story of Mustafa, who is separated from his wife in a nearby village only 200 metres away by a wall and draconian Israeli security while their son is being admitted to hospital. Born in 1988, in addition to short films, Nayfeh has made The Eid Gift (2012), The Crossing (2017).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 17 September, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly


Clic here to read the story from its source.