Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival wraps up 4th edition

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Feb 2016

This year's festival ran between 30 January and 5 February with the participation of 50 films in the festival's official competition and sub-sections

Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival
The 4th edition of Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival closed yesterday, 5 February. (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The closing ceremony of the 4th Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival took place yesterday, 5 February.  

Winners in the feature film competition were announced by jury president, cinematographer Ramsis Marzouq. Moroccan director Said Khallaf received the Gold DJED Pillar for his film 'A Mile.'

The Silver DJED Pillar, which is the special jury award, went to Italian director Adriano Valero for his film 'The Journey.'

The Bronze DJED Pillar award, which goes to a director for his first work, was awarded to Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid for her film 'As I Open My Eyes.' The film also received the best long feature film award, which is presented by the Artists’ Syndicate in Egypt and the General Union of Arab Artists.

Director Mohamed Abdelaziz proceeded to announce the winners of the short films competition. 'Ghasra,' by Tunisian director Gamal Al-Naggar, received the golden award. 'A Grimace,' by Italian director Emmauelle Palmara received the bronze award. The jury also gave out a certificate of appreciation to 'Black and White' by Greek director Socrates Alafouzos.

In the Arab films competition, 'With Thy Spirit' by Lebanese director Karim Rahbani won the best short film award. A special certificate of appreciation went to the short films 'Ave Maria' by Palestinian director Basil Khalil, and 'Ghasra' by Tunisian director Gamil Al-Naggar.  

This year’s edition opened 30 January and saw the participation of 50 films from 30 countries in the official competition as well as the festival’s various sub-sections.

An array of filmmakers and artists were honoured at this year’s edition, including Lobna Abdel Aziz, who was chosen as the honourary president of the festival and who expressed her happiness at the festival's opening ceremony, saying “I’m especially happy because Luxor is the mother of Egypt, and I consider it to be my home, country and land.”

Egyptian actress Poussy was also honoured for lifetime achievement, in addition to Mahmoud Hemida, Dalia Elbehiry, Salwa Khattab, Naglaa Badr, and Nada Basiouny, who were all honoured for their work.

This year’s edition also celebrated the cinemas of Kuwait and Italy. Kuwaiti director Amer Al-Zuhair was honoured for his film career, which comprises an array of important documentary films and TV drama series.

Helmy Halim (1916-1971) and Elias Moadab (1916-1952), two Egyptian filmmakers who belong to the golden age of Egyptian cinema, were also commemorated during the festival's 4th edition.

This year’s opening film was the Palestinian ‘3000 Nights’ by director Mai Masri. The film centres on a young newly-wed Palestinian school teacher who is jailed in a high-security Israeli prison where she eventually gives birth. 3000 Nights premiered in September 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival is supported by the ministries of culture and tourism, the European Union, the Arab Maritime Academy, and the Film Mehan Syndicate, under the supervision of the Noon Foundation for Culture and Arts (NOONCA) whose board of trustees includes the foundation's president, Mohamed Kamal El-Qaliouby, famed Egyptian director Daoud Abd El-Sayed, film critic Youssef Sherif Rizkallah, critics Magda Wassef and Magda Moris, journalist Gamal Zayda (who is also the foundation's secretary general) and cinematographer Wadid Shoukry.

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.

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