Egyptian short film Kan Lak Ma’aya (“Our Old Story”) was screened on Thursday at the Ismailia Culture Palace, during the 22nd edition of the Ismailia Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, where a special tribute event was held to celebrate the film’s main actress, Safia El Emari.
During the seminar – attended by tens of filmmakers, critics and fans – the popular actress thanked the organisers at the culture ministry and the National Cinema Center for the return of such an important festival.
“I hope we produce more films that positively represent Egyptian women,” commented Safia El Emari speaking about how the film touches viewers.
Directed and written by Rogina Bsali, the 36-minute film was produced in 2020 by the National Cinema Centre. Our Old Story is a love story between Sheriff and Lila, who return to each other after many years of being separated, and decide to get married. Unfortunately, a sudden incident disturbs their plans.
“Safia El Emari, who collaborated with great directors like Youssef Shahin and Kamal El-Sheikh, has made a pleasing appearance in the short film,” said critic Tarek El-Shennawi, who ran the seminar, speaking highly about the career of the popular star.
“El Emari focused on the humane sides of the character. Her performance took the film away from the melodrama,” El-Shennawi added.
Under the presidency of critic Essam Zakareya, the festival is running until 22 June, with showings at various halls in Ismailia Cultural Palace and Misr Library among other venues.
The festival features 10 feature documentaries, 14 short documentaries, 16 short fiction films and 15 short animation films.
All events are taking place under strict precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The global pandemic had previously forced successive delays of the festival.
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