44th Cairo International Film Festival reveals first batch of film selections

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jul 2022

The 44th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) that will be held from 13 to 22 November announced its first batch of film titles in its line-up, including 10 films that will be having their MENA premiere.



Five films from the 10 revealed so far will be screened within the CIFF’s Out of Competition Programme, three films at the Special Screenings, International Competition, and Midnight Screenings, in addition to two films at the International Panorama. 

The 10 titles revealed are as follows:

Alcarràs (Spain, Italy)

Out of Competition Programme.

Directed by Carla Simon, Alcarràs received the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival this year.

The film tells the story of the daily struggles of a group of peach growers in Catalonia, Spain, and how their lives change when the owner of their large estate dies and his heir decides to sell the land, which abruptly threatens their livelihood.
EAMI (Paraguay, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, France, Mexico)

Special Screenings section.

Directed by Paz Encina, the film won the prestigious Tiger Award from the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2022. 

The film follows Eami, a child who embodies a bird-god and, in a trance, imagines herself wandering through the forest in constant contact with the cruel reality that surrounds her in the form of deforestation that is a very real, very tangible danger for the Ayoreo Totobiegosode.

Tori & Lokita (France, Belgium)

Out of Competition Programme.

The film is directed by two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean- Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The film was recognized at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, receiving its Special 75th Anniversary Prize. 

In Belgium today, a young boy and an adolescent girl, who have travelled alone from Africa, pit their invincible friendship against the cruel conditions of their exile.

Utama (Bolivia, Uruguay, France)

Out of Competition Programme.

Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s award winning debut feature, Utama won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance this year and took home top honours at the closing ceremony of the Transylvania Film Festival. 

The film follows an indigenous couple trying to survive in the arid climate of the Bolivian highlands. 

R.M.N (Romania, France, Belgium, Sweden)

Out of Competition Programme.

The film is directed by Palme d’Or winning filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, whose previous film, Graduation, was an official selection at the 38th CIFF. 

A young man makes his return from Germany to his hometown in a Transylvanian village, where his ex-lover lives with their eight-year-old mute son. 

Butterfly Vision (Croatia, Czech, Sweden, Ukraine)

International Competition.

The film is directed by Maksym Nakonechynl and already competed in the Un Certain Regard Programme of the 75th Cannes Film Festival this year.

Returning home from the front line after being held captive for two months, 29-year-old soldier Lilia discovers that she is pregnant after being raped by her warden. 

Robe of Gems (Argentina, Mexico)

Out of Competition Programme.

​Produced by Joaquin del Paso, who received the prestigious Golden Pyramid for Best Film at the previous edition of the CIFF, the film scooped the Berlinale’s Silver Bear Award Jury Prize.

In rural Mexico, three women from different social classes become tragically involved with a missing person case tied to organised crime.

Final Cut (France, UK, Japan)

Midnight Screenings.

A film by Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius, Final Cut was the opening film of the Cannes International Film Festival this year. 

During the preparations for a z-graded zombie themed thriller, the shooting crew suddenly experiences unexpected incidents.

Nostalgia (Italy, France)

International Panorama.

Directed by Mario Martone, Nostalgia was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Felice Lasco returns to his hometown in Naples to look after his sick and dying mother after 45 years of absence from the city that brings back memories from the past.

A Far Shore (Japan)

International Panorama.

Directed by Masaaki Kudo, A Far Shore previously screened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this year.

The film follows the story of Aoi, who drops out of high school to give birth to a baby son in Okinawa, Japan. As her daily struggles worsen, leading to a social downfall, she develops a bond with her son that sets her on a path to find solutions.

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