Egypt's film Photocopy (2017) will open the ninth Arab International Film Festival which is scheduled to take place between 16 and 21 July at Busan Cinema Centre, Seoul, Korea.
The festival will screen over 10 films by numerous Arab directors, with Photocopy being the only entry from Egypt.
Directed by Tamer El-Ashry, Photocopy is written by Haitham Dabbour, and stars veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida alongside Sherin Reda, Ali Tayeb, Ahmed Dash, Farah Yousef and Bayoumi Fouad.
The film focuses on a retired man in Cairo who begins to learn about the extinction of dinosaurs. This sets off a series of events that will give his life renewed meaning.
Photocopy garnered several awards, including the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature Narrative from the El Gouna film festival where the film premiered.
It went on to receive the best feature narrative award at the Tripoli Film Festival (2018) in Lebanon, best scriptwriting at the Ohran Arab Film festival (2018), best film at the Geneva International Oriental Film Festival (2019) and best film-audience award at the Malmö Arab Film Festival (2018), among several other recognitions.
Apart of opening the festival, Photocopy will be also screened throughout the festival days.
Among the highlights of the Arab films screened during the event are The Cave (Syria, 2019), Heritages (Lebanon, 2013), The Unknown Saint (Morocco, 2019), Haifa Street (Iraq, 2019), and It Must Be Heaven (Palestine, 2019).
The Arab Women Filmmakers Now section of the festival will feature 17 (Jordan, 2017), Noura’s Dream (Tunisia, 2019), Scales (Saudi Arabia, 2019), The Perfect Candidate (Saudi Arabia, 2019), and Papicha (Algeria, 2019).
The Korean Arab Film Festival is a non-competitive event hosted by the Korea-Arab Society with screenings taking place in cinema halls of the Busan Cinema Centre, a large complex that offers indoor and outdoor screening facilities.
Launched in 2011, the centre is also an official venue for Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).