Egypt’s Luxor African Film festival reveals details of upcoming edition in Cannes

Ahram Online , Monday 16 May 2016

During a press conference held in Cannes, the president of Luxor African Film Festival announced the details of the 6th edition to be held in March 2017

Sayed Fouad at the Egyptian Pavilion in Cannes (Photo: courtesy of Luxor African Film Festival)

At Cannes Film Festival in the Egyptian pavilion, the president of Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) Sayed Fouad announced that Morocco, and director Spike Lee, would be the sixth edition’s guests of honour.

During the festival’s next edition there will also be tributes to actress Nelly Karim, late director Yousry Nasrallah, and Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, according to Fouad.

During the announcement, Fouad said that Morocco’s high quality and extensive film production widely supports African cinema.

A special tribute will spotlight Egyptian actress Nelly Karim for her distinctive work tackling important issues, including her role in the film Clash, currently featured in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.

Renowned Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah will also have a tribute in his name, and LAFF will also feature a tribute to Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, honouring his works that have contributed to globally raising the standards of African cinema.

Renowned director Spike Lee will be the festival’s guest of honour for his interest and support of African humanitarian issues.

As announced by Attiea Dardeer, the head of the LAFF viewing committee, the Egyptian festival will continue its collaboration with Cannes by holding screenings of the French festival’s short films competition.

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