Cannes Film Festival's ACID comes to Cairo

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Aug 2016

12 feature films are scheduled to screen in Cairo this year

ACID film week
A selection of films by the ACID programme will screen in Cairo between 31 August and 6 September (Photo: Fragment from promotional material)

Cairo’s film aficionados have a rendenzvous with a film selection from Cannes Film Festival's ACID (Association du cinéma indépendant pour sa diffusion), which will debut in the Egyptian capital between 31 August and 6 September, in what marks another collaboration between art-house cinema Zawya, Cimatheque-Alternative Film Centre and the French Institute in Cairo.

ACID is a "film directors association that has been promoting the diffusion of independent films in movie theatres and encouraging debates between authors and the audience for 23 years," reads the programme description.

Created in 1993, the ACID programme at Cannes is an annual event where 15 filmmakers who are also members of the ACID assocation and whose work was formerly screened in Cannes select nine feature films, “to give visibility to directors whose work is scarcely distributed, in order to facilitate a theatrical release.”

A selection of 12 feature films are scheduled to screen in Cairo this year including Swagger (Olivier Babinet, 2016), Cosmodrama (Philippe Fernandez, 2015), A Roundabout in my Head (Hassan Ferhani, 2015), Pauline (Emilie Brisavoine, 2015), Iranian (Mehran Tamadon, 2014), Brooklyn (Pascal Tessaud, 2014), Age of Panic (Justine Triet, 2013), Le Challat de Tunis (Kaouther Ben Hania, 2013), Cattle (Emmanuel Gras, 2011), Fix Me (Raed Andoni, 2010) and Boxing Gym (Frederick Wiseman, 2010).

Starting 31 August and running for the duration of a week, three films will screen every night at 7pm at the three mentioned venues: Zawya, Cimatheque-Alternative Film Centre and the French Institute.

*Detailed programme coming soon. 

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