Art Alert: Oscar-nominated Egyptian film 'Poisonous Roses' to screen at Cimathque
Ahram Online, , Thursday 19 Sep 2019
Ahmed Fawzi Saleh's film was nominated to represent the country in the 2020 Academy Awards competition


The Egyptian film Poisonous Roses (Ward Masmoum, 2018) will be screened on Saturday, 21 September, at Cimatheque Alternative Film Centre in Downtown Cairo.

Poisonous Roses was chosen this month by a committee appointed by the Cinematic Professions Syndicate to represent the country in the 2020 Academy Awards competition for Best Foreign Language Film.

The film, which is directed by Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, is based on Ahmed Zaghloul Al-Shiti’s 1990 novel Saqr’s Poisonous Roses.

Poisonous Roses has already participated in dozens of film festivals across the globe, winning three awards at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival last year.

The cast includes Ibrahim El-Nagari (playing the main character Saqr), Merihan Magdi (Taheya), Mahmoud Hemeida (in the role of the magician), Mohamed Berakaa (the imam), and Safaa El-Toukhy (in the role of the mother).

Poisonous main character Saqr lives and works in a tanning district, but dreams to escape the area.

Programme:
Saturday, 21 September at 4pm
Cimatheque, 19a Adly Street, Downtown Cairo

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