Launched in 2004 by co-manager of Misr International Films (MIF), Marianne Khoury, the Panorama of the European Film brings a selection of the latest critically acclaimed and award-winning international films to Egypt’s screening venues between 25 November and 5 December.
Previously held in two or three cinema venues around Cairo, this year the Panorama reaches out to an even wider audience in three other cities, by expanding to Alexandria’s Amir Cinema, and further yet to Tanta’s Rivoli Cinema as well as to Minya’s CityScape Cinema.
In Cairo, the two main screening venues will be at Zawya Cinema and Karim Cinema, while Plaza Cinema in Sheikh Zayed, and Point 90 in New Cairo, will be hosting special screenings. In addition, three cultural institutions are to hold free screenings- the Italian Culture Institute, the Goethe Institute, and the French Institute.
The 8th Panorama will present 60 European films, divided into 10 sections.
The Balkan Focus -- one of the festivals sections -- will feature a selection of films from the Balkan region, while the Carte Blanche section will feature films hand picked by three Egyptian directors. The Manoel De Oliveira Tribute is a section honouring the renowned late Portuguese filmmaker.
The Panorama of the European Film was the seed leading to the birth of Zawya, the art-house initiative launched by MIF in 2014 that screens an alternative selection of films all year round. Zawya’s team is currently behind the organisation of the Panorama.
Building on past years’ successful editions, the Panorama stands as a main pillar in Egypt’s contemporary cinematic culture, bringing to Egyptian screens some important award winning films such as the 2015 Academy Award-winning Ida, 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep, 2011 Academy Award-winning The Artist and 2010 Academy Award-winning A Prophet.
According to the press release “the Panorama has been attended by some of the most prominent Egyptian and international industry professionals such as directors Eliya Suleiman, Mohamed Khan, Ahmad Abdallah and actors Khaled Abou El Naga, Yosra, Laila Elwy and many more.”
The Panorama of the European Film is co-funded by the European Union and under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Culture and the Egyptian Film Centre.
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