Acclaimed Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah to head Cannes Festival's short film jury

Eslam Omar , Thursday 28 Apr 2022

Acclaimed Egyptian film director Yousry Nasrallah has been unveiled as the jury chairman of the Short Films competition of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, which will take place between 17 and 28 May.

Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah
Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah

 

"The Jury will be tasked with selecting one of the nine films in Competition for the Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded at the Festival's closing ceremony on Saturday 28 May," the organisers stated on Thursday.

Under the presidency of Nasrallah, the jury also comprises acclaimed Canadian actress and director Monia Chokri, Belgian director and screenwriter Laura Wandel, French actor and director Félix Moati, and French film critic Jean-Claude Raspiengeas.

"The Jury will also award three La Cinef prizes to the best of the 16 films from film schools presented this year. The prizes will be awarded at a ceremony prior to the screening of the award-winning films on Thursday, May 26, 2022."

Arab filmmakers are well represented at Cannes this year, with the International Federation of Critics selecting veteran Egyptian director Ahmed Shawky to chair the critic’s jury.

Meanwhile, the International Critics Week (La Semaine de la Critique) announced Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania as the president of the 61st edition.

Veteran French actor Vincent Lindon will head the main jury which awards the coveted Palme d'Or top prize alongside British actress and director Rebecca Hall, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols and Norwegian director Joachim Trier.

Yousry Nasrallah

Yousry Nasrallah, 69, initially studies economics and political sciences at Cairo University before studying cinema at the Higher Institute for Cinema in Cairo. 

He started his career in cinema by working to become a film critic for Al-Safeer newspaper as well as assistant director in Lebanon.

He started his career as a filmmaker in Egypt by working as an assistant director with the late iconic director Youssef Chahine in a number of films starting with 'Wada'an Bonaparte' (Adieu Bonaparte - 1985).

He shot his first feature film Summer Thefts in 1988, which was screened the same year at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight selection.

He followed it up with Mercedes (1993), which was selected at the Locarno Film Festival; Sobian W-Banat (On Boys, Girls and the Veil - 1995), a documentary about Egypt’s young people; and Al-Madina (The City - 1999), which was awarded Locarno’s Special Jury Prize.

His eponymous book-to-screen adaptation of Elias Khoury’s novel The Gate of Sun was in the Festival de Cannes’ Official Selection in 2004.

He went on to film Genenet Al-Asmak (The Aquarium - 2008) and Ehky Ya Sharhazad (Tell Me a Story, Scheherazade  - 2009), which was screened at the Venice Film Festival. 

In 2011, his Dakhly-Khargy (Interior/Exterior) was included in 18 Days, an anthology of shorts screened at the Festival de Cannes in honour of Egypt.

The following year he was back in the Official Selection with his 'Baad el Mawkeaa' After the Battle.

His last film 'El Maa Wal Khodra Wal Wagh Al Hassan' Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces was presented in the Official Competition at the Locarno Film Festival in 2016.

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