Directed by Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian short titled An Un-Aired Interview received a special mention at Tunisia’s Gabes Cinema Fen (Gabes Cinema Art) film festival, the second edition for which was held between 3 and 11 April online.
The festival’s first edition took place in 2019. Due to the shutting down of cultural venues in Tunisia over the coronavirus, the organisers decided to take the festival online this year.
The festival focuses on art house and independent films from the Arab world.
Produced in 2018, the film follows Ibrahim, a waiter in a “local Egyptian coffee shop who is interviewed for an obscure television show called ‘Struggle and Success’,” reads the film brief.
The film goes deeper into the life of Ibrahim, his views on political and social life, relations between men and women, and family matters.
The film was also screened during the Berlin International Film Festival (2019).
According to the festival’s website, the “Gabes Cinema Fen is an emerging Arthouse and Independent (Auteur) film festival that emanates from a desire to escape the boundaries of conventional cultural advocacy towards a culturally dynamic celebration of cinema and the arts. The festival is an opportunity to celebrate film culture and the art of the image in particular.”
For more arts and culture news and updates, follow Ahram Online Arts and Culture on Twitter at @AhramOnlineArts and on Facebook at Ahram Online: Arts & Culture