Cairo Time, the latest feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Amir Ramses, will make its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) next month.
"The films in this category acquaint audiences with the Middle East’s untold stories through new and familiar cinematic voices from the Arab world and beyond," DIFF's website announced.
Cairo Time stars Nour El-Sherif, Mervat Amin and Samir Sabry, three of Egypt's silverscreen icons, alongside rising actors Sherif Ramzy, Ayten Amer, Tunisian actress Dorra and Syria's Kinda Alloush.
The film interlinks three stories that take place during the course of one day in Cairo, fusing elements of romance, comedy and drama.
At 35, this is Ramses's fourth long feature. He directed Akher El-Donya (The Edge of the World), Kashf Hessab (Unpaid Bill) and Wara'et Shafra (The Code) in 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively.
He is most noted for Jews of Egypt (2012) and Jews of Egypt: The End of a Journey (2014), two documentaries that explore the life and eventual explusion of Jews from Egypt after the end of World War II. Both are considered groundbreaking in terms of subject matter, and were critically acclaimed.
Meanwhile, this year DIFF will award acclaimed actor El-Sherif the Lifetime Achievement Award, crowning his long career in cinema and his contributions to the film industry.
The 11th edition of DIFF will run 10-17 December and will screen four other films from Egypt in the official competition: Out of the Ordinary by Daoud Abdel-Sayed (long feature), White Sugar by Ahmed Khaled (short feature), The Aftermath of The Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375 by Omar El-Zohairy (short feature) and Al-Matour by Ahmed Ibrahim (short feature).