Three Egyptian short films produced by Red Star – Fork and Knife, Sculpting in Time, and Eyebrows – will be screened on 7 April at Zawya.
The films are by established and rising Egyptian directors, featuring many young talents who recently established themselves in cinema and television.
Fork and Knife (Shoka we Sekina) is written and directed by Adam Abd El-Ghaffar and stars Menna Shalaby, Eyad Nassar, Asser Yassin and Samia Assaad.
According to the synopsis, the film centres on two strangers having a seemingly random conversation at a restaurant. In their intense dialogue on love, marriage and infidelity they reveal their secrets and accept each other’s cruelty, sarcasm, and marriage advice. The film builds up to an unexpected choice they face to reveal an ugly truth before they return to being strangers.
Sculpting in Time (El-Naht fel Zaman) is directed Youssef Nasser and produced by Red Star. The film presents the life and work of the late artist, set designer and puppet maker Nagy Shaker, whose career has spanned 50 years.
Last July, the film won the Jury Award at the Arab Cinema Festival (ACF) in Paris, where it had its international premiere.
Directed by Tamer El-Ashry, Eyebrows (Matelaash ala El-Hageb) explores the thoughts and dreams of a woman who wears a niqab. “What is the one thing you wish was not forbidden?” Aiesha posts the controversial question in a closed Facebook group for her niqab-wearing peers.
Under her burka, she hides more than her body and face.
She meets her friend Sally at the mall, and during a seemingly ordinary shopping trip, she discovers what she hates most about her life.
The film stars Asmaa Abu El-Yazied, Mariam El-Kosht, Ali El-Tayeb and Ahmed Othman.
Monday 7 April, 7pm
Zawya cinema, 15 Emad El-Deen St., Downtown, Cairo
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