French director Ladj Ly to lead jury of 23rd Ismailia Int’l Film Festival

Eslam Omar , Monday 28 Feb 2022

Renowned French director Ladj Ly has been unveiled as the jury president of the international competition in the upcoming 23rd edition of the Ismailia International Festival for Documentaries and Shorts (IIFF), taking place between 17 and 23 March at the Suez Canal city.

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Director Ladj Ly poses after receiving the Jury Prize for Les Mis rables at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, France (File Photo: AFP)

The 41-year-old Ladj Ly, who is also an actor, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor, won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Les Misérables in 2019. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

The jury also combines prominent filmmakers from various countries; Spanish director David Palacios, French director Frédérique Devaux, American director Pip Chadorov, Jordanian director Mahmoud Al Massad, Cinema professor Layane Chawaf, Irish Animation director Vincent Gallagher, Egyptian director Mahmoud Soliman and Egyptian editor Dalia Elnaser.

With South Korea as the IIFF 23rd guest of honour, over 107 films will be screening as 31 countries participate in the various competitions, programmes, workshops and other activities of the prestigious festival, as announced during the press conference held at Al-Hanager Theatre on Monday.

The festival will be honouring prominent Egyptian directors Khairy Beshara and Awwad Shouky.

With prominent critic Osama Abdel-Fattah as the Artistic Director, this year’s edition of the festival is taking place under the presidency of director Saad Hendawy, who is succeeding critic Essam Zakareya, who presided over the previous four editions of the festival.

The festival is organised under the authority of the culture ministry’s National Cinema Center, headed by Zainab Aziz.

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