Palme d'Or winner, 15 major films to screen at 3rd El Gouna Film Festival

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Aug 2019

The festival will take place from 19 to 27 September


The third El Gouna Film Festival will screen this year’s Palme d’Or winner Parasite, as well as award-winning feature films and documentaries from around the world, according to a press release.

Described by director Bong Joon Ho as “a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without villains,” Parasite tells the story of two Korean families, one rich and one poor, who become intertwined, laying out a social critique that is part black comedy and part thriller.

The third edition of the festival aims to showcase both films by experienced filmmakers and “innovative films by emerging directors,” Intishal Al Timimi, the festival director, is quoted as saying in the press release.

The festival will also screen a number of other award-winning films.

Nora Fingscheidt’s System Crasher, which won the Silver Bear for Best Feature Film at this year’s Berlinale, follows a nine-year-old girl who represents what child protection services call a "system crasher," as she bounces between foster homes that can’t handle her violent outbursts.

Brazilian film Bacurau, co-directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, was a joint winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes.

Set a few years in the future, Bacurau is a portrait of the Brazilian community as it struggles to defend itself from the dangers of uncontrolled modernisation.

French drama Les Misérables, directed by Ladj Ly, was the other winner of the Jury Prize; it explores tensions between the police and the inhabitants of impoverished Parisian banlieues.  

Russian film Once in Trubchevsk, which was part of the Un Certain Regard section of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, is directed by Larisa Sadilva.

Hikari’s 37 Seconds, a feature film from Japan won the CICAE Art Cinema Award and the Audience Award in the Panorama section of this year’s Berlinale.

British director Ken Loach’s drama Sorry We Missed You takes place against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crash.

Peruvian director Melina León’s Song Without a Name, which deals with child trafficking, was also screened at Cannes, the first film directed by a Peruvian woman to feature at the festival.

Famed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film Pain and Glory, which stars Antonio Banderas as a film director reflecting on his life’s choices, will be screened. Banderas won Best Actor at Cannes for the performance.

Italian director Claudio Giovannesi’s Piranhas follows teenagers immersed in the Naples crime scene, and won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale.

Also from Italy, The Traitor by Marco Bellocchio is a biographical drama that tells the story of a Sicilian mafia boss who becomes an informant.

French comedy Deerskin by Quentin Dupieux, which opened the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, follows a man who has an obsession with a particular designer deerskin jacket.

Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz’s drama The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão won the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes. It tells the story of two sisters in 1940s Rio de Janeiro.

Bulgarian family drama The Father, winner of the Crystal Globe at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, is about a man who has lost his wife of man years.

Documentary Kabul, City in the Wind, the winner of the Special Jury Award for First Appearance at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam will also be screened, as will Midnight Traveler, a documentary about filmmaker Hassan Fazili and his family’s escape from Afghanistan.

The festival will take place from 19 to 27 September.

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