Ahmad Abdalla (Photo: filmmaker's website)
Celebrating its silver anniversary, the 25th Singapore International Film Festival, scheduled to take place between 4 and 14 December 2014, gears up for the special edition.
The festival will include a number of sections including classics, cinema today, Asian Cinema among others.
Ahmad Abdalla, an Egyptian young filmmaker, will be featured in this year's Filmmaker-in-Focus, one of the regular sections at the festival, each year shedding light on a chosen figure from the international cinema scene.
Abdalla is one of the most prominent young filmmakers who over the past few years made a number of important cinematic works that attracted local and international audiences.
Four films by Abdalla will be screened during the Singapore International Film Festival: Heliopolis, Microphone, Rags and Tatters, and Decor.
His documentary Heliopolis (2008) was his debut feature, which he wrote and directed, and brought him Best First screenplay Award of Sawiris Foundation and a Special Mention at the 2009 Cairo International Film Festival. His following film Microphone (2010), considered to be his artistic prophecy, won a Golden Tulip at the Istanbul International Film Festival, Tanit d'or from Journées cinématographiques de Carthage, Best Editing Award from the Dubai International Film Festival among numerous other awards.
Rags and Tatters (2013), a film that follows a fugitive who escapes during the prison breaks that took place at the onset of the 2011 uprising, received positive reviews from international critics. The film has been praised as capturing the sense of disillusionment that has gripped post-revolutionary Egypt.
Abdalla's latest movie, Decor (2014), is about a woman struggling to know what she wants, and struggling to make her own choices in life. Decor is the first time for Abdalla to work with a big budget. The film made its Middle East Premier during this year's Cairo International Film Festival.