Nawara, a film by Egyptian filmmaker Hala Khalil, that stars Menna Shalabi, Mahmoud Hemeda and Sherine Reda, was chosen to be the opening film of the 5th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), scheduled to run between 17 and 23 March.
The film was also chosen to participate in the festival’s Long Narrative Competition, where it will compete with 12 other films, including Reveries of the Solitary Actor (Hamid Benamra-Algeria), Without Regret (Jacques Trabi-Cote D’Ivoire), Shadow of Madness (Boubacar Gakou-Mali), and Mona (Anthony Abuah -Nigeria), among others.
The decision was announced during a press conference held recently to announce the details of LAFF's upcoming edition.
This will be the film’s Egypt premiere, after it made its Arab premiere at the 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) last month.
It was one of five Egyptian films that competed for the DIFF Muhr Awards. Actress Menna Shalabi received the best actress award for her role in the film.
Nawara is set in the wake of the 2011 revolution, centering on a woman in her twenties who works as a housemaid at a villa in a luxury compound.
As the owners flee the politically unstable country, she invites her fiancé over, and together they enjoy a taste of the life of the rich and famous.
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