Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival opens with French film highlights

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Jan 2015

The third edition of the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival will open Saturday, 24 January, screening international and regional films

Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival
Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival poster (Photo: event Facebook page)

Third edition of the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival opens 24 January, at Luxor’s Karnak Temple, and runs to 31 January with screenings at Luxor Culture Palace, Luxor Conference Centre, and Luxor Rowing Club. The opening takes place in the courtyard of Karnak Temple, screening a restoration of Ernst Lubitcsh’s 1922 film The Wife of the Pharoah.

The festival is organised by Noon Foundation for Culture and Arts (NOONCA), with support from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture as well as private and public organisations.

An annual event since its first edition in 2012, the festival started with the intention of promoting Egyptian and European cultural cooperation, in addition to reaching out to and including remote areas of Egypt in the cultural sphere mostly dominated by Cairo and Alexandria.

Films from 17 countries will be participating in this year's edition, including Germany, Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain, in addition to a selection of Egyptian films, and a panorama of productions from Arab countries.

This year’s edition highlights French movies in four dedicated sections: A tribute to director Yves Boisset, who also heads the festival’s jury, French New Wave films, French feminine cinema, and French animation.

The festival also celebrates Egyptian director Salah Abou Seif with screenings of a number of his classics.

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