Egyptian short film 'Hazehy Laylaty' ("This Is My Night"), starring actress Nahed Elsebaeiy, is competing in the 15th edition of the Geneva International Oriental Film Festival (FIFOG), taking place from 8 to 14 June 2020.
The 15-minute 2019 production is directed by Yusuf Noaman, who wrote the screenplay with Ahmed Ehab Abdel-Wareth.
The film is about a poor lady who decides to enjoy a day out in classy Cairo and have some ice-cream with her son, who suffers from Down syndrome. Instead, she faces a big struggle, although she insists on holding onto happy moments.
Sixty films from different genres will be shown at the oriental festival taking place in Geneva and its municipalities under the theme 'Resistance… feminine.’ The 2020 edition is celebrating "the images of women" among other things.
"It will amplify the hope of youth, will question the resistance of peoples and will explore the dynamism of societies in the Orient, especially their will to oppose moral and political conservatism with gentleness and a smile," stated the FIFOG.
With over 200 institutional partners, the 60 films of the 15th FIFOG are from various genres and countries and vary from long and short fiction, short and long documentaries.
Almost 60 discussions with directors or actors will be held at the festival's 25 venues in Geneva and its neighboring areas; Versoix, Vernier, Presinge, and Carouge.
After premiering at Al-Gouna Film Festival in 2019, 'This Is My Night' has been screened in many festivals worldwide, including Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, gaining the interest of many critics and fans in addition to entities like the European Union.
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