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PROGRAMME: French Institute hosts film festival

Week-long film festival dedicated to young filmmakers opens in Cairo on 7 April

Ahram Online, Sunday 7 Apr 2013
In the Shadow of a Man Hanan Abdallah
Still from 'In the Shadow of a Man' by Hanan Abdallah
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The French Institute in Mounira will host the 9th 'Rencountre de l'image' (Film Festival) from April 7 until 15 April.

The judging panel for the festival is headed by film director Ahmed Abdallah, and also includes screenwriter Mariam Nawaem and film director Ahmed Fawzy Saleh.

On the closing night of the festival, the judges will present the winners with two prizes: an invitation to attend the Mediterranean Film Festival in Montpelier and the Marseille Film Festival. The festival audience will also choose a winner among first-year filmmakers.

The festival opens with a screening of Coming Forth By Day by Hala Lotfy (Arabic) which won the Bronze Award at the Carthage Film Festival in November 2012. There will be a talk by the director after the screening.

Among the highlights of the festivals will be screenings of some of Egypt's most successful films this year, including Amir Ramsis' Jews of Egypt and Hanan Abdallah' In the Shadow of a Man.

All screenings take place at the French Institute in Mounira on Madraset El-Hoqouq El-Ferenseya Street


Sunday 7 April at 7pm

Al-Khoroug Ila El-Nahar (Coming Forth By Day) by Hala Lotfy
A feature film tells the story of two women as they take care of their sick man, diving into topics relating to submission and the human body

Monday 8 April at 7pm

Zat Makan (The Identity of a Place) by Ahmed Shawky
A short-documentary film following innovative writer Mekkawy Said in Downtown Cairo as he shows his fascination with the place

Loqma Nathifa (Decent Food) by Tamer Ashry
A short-documentary telling the story of Ahmed who works in a small village 200km from Cairo showing the slum conditions and poor drainage systems

Ragol Men Zaman (A Man Since a Long Time) by Mahmoud Youssry
A short documentary on the relationships between young men and women and the pressures of society

Makhbout (Drugged) by Omar Nayef
A short documentary autobiography on young people who turn to drugs and music to escape loneliness and problems

Catharsis: A Self-Portrait by Alia Ayman
A short documentary shot between New York and Cairo as the director questions the life we were supposed to live in contrast to the life we really live in this self-portrait

Ala El-Hodoud (On the Borders) by Mohamed El-Ashhab
A short documentary on smuggling of fish between Egypt and Sudan

El-Gharqa (The Drowning) by Frosois Abdelnour
A short documentary on a group of unknown people as we follow them into their journey into the unknown

Tuesday 9 April at 7pm

Leqaa' (A Meeting) by Ghada Atef
A short film adaptation of Naguib Mahfouz's first literary work. On Fouad's first visit to Cairo he is mesmerised by the hustle and bustle of the city, and meets a man called Gabriel and they come up with an illegal deal

Oumma (Nation) by Mohamed Mohsen
A short film on children who run in a poor neighbourhood, not to play, but to chase their dreams and run away from injustice

Aydy Sagheera (Small Hands) by Amal Afifi
A short film about a small street child, Ramadan, as he looks for the means to survive

Al-Thawra... Khabar (Reporting a Revolution) by Bassam Mortada
A documentary feature on six reporters as they covered the Egyptian revolution and Arab Spring

Wednesday 10 April at 7pm

Romady (Grey) by Hassan Naema
A short film on a young girl who went into a cafe and sat with a man in mid-life

Seta (Six) by Bahaa El-Gamal
A short film where a gramophone breaks the silence, a couple host a dinner, a gun is found....

Mogarad Sa'at (Only Hours) by Sandrine Samuel Halim
A short film on an old man living along who hosts a thief and tries to convince him to change

Motalazema (Syndrome) by Amr Okasha
A short animation in the metro where the protagonist sees passengers transforming into other objects

Esketshaty Betakolny (My Sketches are Eating Me) by Nour Abyad
A self-portrait on the director's passion for her work which takes over her life

Raffet El-Malabes (The Shelf of Clothes) by Simon Filliot
Short animation

Alban Wadi El-Nil (Wadi El-Nil Store) by Mohamed El-Hadidi
A short film on a man who left his lover and can't help but say hello to her upon meeting her

Bayd Oyoun (Eye Eggs) by Mai Zayed
A short film on two old people living together but worlds apart

Esm El-Shohra Sohair (Known as Sohair) by Fadwa El-Elwany
Oud player Shahinaz Fadel, known as Sohair, lost her charm as she got older and sings in a cafe in El-Hussein

Thursday 11 April at 7pm

Men Foq Letaht (From Top to Bottom) by Yasser El-Houwaidy
A short film on a disagreement between two employees on the 59th floor who decided to resolve it on the ground floor

Jews of Egypt by Amir Ramsis
A documentary feature on the Jews who left Egypt in the middle of last century. The film will be followed by a talk by the director and producer

Friday 12 April at 7pm

Nozha Fi El-Shams El Romadeya (A Promenade in the Grey Sun) by Mona Lotfy
A short film on getting out of the comfort zone where school teacher Laila takes a walk with a stranger

Mamnoo' El-Ekterab aw El-Tasweer (Censored Love) by May El-Hossamy
A short documentary asking "of the 85% male Muslims, why did you choose from the 15% Christians?"

Fi El-Layl (In the Night) by Noha El-Maadawy
A short documentary film about a girl who lives out of the realm of reality

Habib El-Rouh (Love of my Life) by Nadia Abu Shady
A short documentary on a love story between a ninety-year-old man and eighty-year-old woman

Fi Zel Ragol (In the Shadow of a Man) by Hanan Abdallah
A feature documentary following the lives of four Egyptian women from different social classes and cultures as they discuss women's issues. After the screening there will be a talk by the director

Saturday 13 April at 7pm

Lady Helm (I have a dream) by Michelle Magdy
A short film of the autobiography of Michelle who is a young boy from a poor family who works as a blacksmith and loves reading and films

Zakaria by Emad Maher
A short film on Zakaria who is forbidden to eat chicken by his doctor and he must choose between his love for chicken and the doctor's orders

Ana Saeed Giddan Ledaraget Enny Halaab Golf (I am so happy I will play Golf) by Sameh Estefanos
A documentary feature on the gold courses that exist in Egypt which require a lot of water in a time where Egyptians are struggling to find water to drink and for agriculture

Sunday 14 April at 7pm

Hayat by Islam Kamal
A short film telling the story of Hayat as she waits for her long lost lover

Eih El-Ebara? (What's Happening?) by Karim Shaaban
A short film on a young man who works several jobs who struggles with his feelings on Mubarak's departure

Wara El-Bab (Behind the Door) by Adham El-Sherif
A short film on a mother who leaves her son at home to scare him into obeying her

Toqous Masaaeya (Night Rituals) by Ashraf Hamed
A short film about a single mom living with her son, every night when she asks him to go to bed, he imagines what she does

Markeb Waraq (Paper Boat) by Helmy Nouh
A short film exploring the feeling many Egyptians share of disappointment with what the revolution has brought so far, and puts forward the question of: What is to be done now?

Le Ravisseurs (Abundance) by Arthur Kahn
A short film where Etian dies, and his father and girlfriend are left with sorrow

Monday 15 April at 8pm

Closing event and screening of the winning films


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