The Worst Person in the World
Organised by Zawya Art House, founded and headed by producer-director Marianne Khoury, the Panorama runs through 26 November at the same venues as last year: the Zawya and Zamalek cinemas in Cairo and the French Institute in Alexandria. Founded in 2004 to bring the best European fare to Egyptian cinephiles, this year the Panorama includes six sections: Narrative Features, Emerging Directors, Documentaries, Uncanny on Screen, a Krzysztof Kieślowski Retrospective (the second in Egypt after El Gouna’s) and Leiden Shorts.
The Narrative Features include 13 films; Another World, directed by Stéphane Brizé, Atlantide, directed by Yuri Ancarani, Californie, directed by Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman, Compartment Number 6, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, Copilot, directed by Anne Zohra Berrached, I Don’t Wanna Dance, directed by Flynn Von Kleist, I’m Your Man, directed by Maria Schrader, Only Human, Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, directed by Igor Ivanov Izi, Paris 13th District, directed by Jacques Audiard, The Duke, directed by Roger Michell, The Worst Person in the World, directed by Joachim Trier and Tove, directed by Zaida Bergroth.
The Kieślowski Retrospective features The Double Life of Veronique (1991), which traces the story of two identical women – one in Poland, the other in France – and stars Iréne Jacob and Wladyslaw Kowalski as well as the famous Three Colours trilogy and two films Kieślowski made in 1988: A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love.
The Emerging Directors section includes 11 films; Audrey Diwan’s Happening, Jan P. Matuszynski’s Leave No Traces, Clara Roquet’s Libertad, Alex Camilleri’s Luzzu, Vincent Maël Cardona’s Magnetic Beats (which won the Directors’ Fortnight Award at Cannes), Laura Wandel’s Playground (which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes and the Best Actress award at El Gouna), Sean Breathnach’s Shelter, Thomas Daneskov’s Wild Men, Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre’s Zero Fucks Given, Andreas Fontana’s Azor (which won the Emerging Swiss Talent Award at the Zurich Film Festival and Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s Clara Sola (which was nominated for the Golden Camera Award at Cannes).
The Leiden Shorts are Filipiñana, Forever, Heliconia, I Don’t Feel at Home Anywhere Anymore and I Want to Return Return Return, and the Documentaries: All In, Cow, For Lucio, Life of Ivanna, Magaluf Ghost Town, Silence of the Tides, Taming the Garden, The Scars of Ali Boulala, This Rain Will Never Stop.
The newly launched Uncanny on Screen includes four films; Earwig, directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Here Before, directed by Stacey Gregg, the Icelandic film Lamb, directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson, winner of the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes Film Festival and The Sacred Spirit, directed by Chema García Ibarra, winner of the Golden Leopard-Special Mention at the Locarno International Film Festival.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 18 November, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.