All you need to know about Egypt's presence at Berlinale 2017

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Feb 2017

Egyptian artists will make a few footprints at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, which will take place between 9 and 19 February

Fragment of the Berlinale poster (Photo courtesy: Berlin International Film Festival)

Marianne Khoury on jury of Robert Bosch Stiftung's Film Prize

Co-manager of Misr International Films and president of the Panorama of European Film, Marianne Khoury is among the jury members of the Robert Bosch Stiftung's Film Prize.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung Prize comprises three production grants worth up to 60,000 Euros. The 2017 nominees include three short animation projects, four documentaries and four short fiction projects. The three 2017 Film Prize winners will be announced on 12 February during Berlinale Talents, a summit and networking platform of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

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Egyptian film critic and author Samir Farid to receive Berlin Intl Film Festival's 'Camera Award'

Renowned Egyptian film critic, writer and film historian Samir Farid will be given the Berlinale Camera Award on 15 February at the Berlinale. The award is given to film institutions or figures that have significantly contributed to the festival or the industry.

The author and translator of over sixty books, Farid is widely recognised as one of the most prominent film personalities of the Arab world and has been contributing to the Berlinale as a film critic for decades.

Throughout his life, Farid served as a jury member in many international festivals, including the Oberhausen Film Festival, the Torino Film Festival, and the Venice Film Festival.

His achievements and extensive contributions to the world of cinema were rewarded with the Cannes Film Festival Gold Medal in both 1997 and 2000, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Osian’s Cinefan Festival in New Delhi in 2012 and at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.

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Two Egyptian films, one exhibition and a panel with Egyptian artists at Berlinale's Forum Expanded

Egyptian film One Plus One Makes a Pharoah's Chocolate Cake, produced by Alexandria-based studio Fig Leaf, will premiere at Expanded Forum, with its world premiere at the Berlinale.

Directed by Marouan Omara and Islam Kamal, the documentary centres on two musicians; Islam Chipsy, a pioneer of Egypt’s Mahraganat music genre, who fuses electronic and acoustic sounds on his keyboards, and Swiss electronic musician Aisha Devi.

The other film is Seif Tagreeby (Experimental Summer, 2016) directed by Mohamed Lotfy. The film follows Mahmoud and Zeinab, who are on the search for the original version of a 1980s Egyptian film, copies of which were confiscated for unknown reasons by the government at the time of its release.

Forum Expanded group exhibition will also feature one Egyptian installation: Hawamesh Aan Al-Hegra (Footnotes on Migration) by 'Take to the Sea,' a group of researchers, writers and filmmakers.

In the Forum Expanded Think Film No. 5, several international artists will hold panel discussions, among whom are Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk (Egypt/Germany), who will talk about Performing Moments of an Archive.

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Egyptian-Sudanese film You Will Die at Twenty is set to participate in the Berlinale 2017 Co-Production Market

You Will Die at Twenty is a drama film directed by Amjad Abu Alala and produced by Hossam Elouan’s Transit Films company. Transit Films is a Cairo-based production company established by producer Hossam Elouan, which specialises in the production of Egyptian and Arab art-house films.

The story is set in a Sudanese village in the 1960s, where Sufi beliefs are central to the villagers’ lives, and which follows the life of young protagonist Muzamel, after a prophecy determines that he will die at the age of 20.

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