Egyptian films to participate in the 10th Oran International Arabic Film Festival

Ahram Online , Tuesday 25 Jul 2017

The festival runs between 25 and 31 July

In the Last Days of the City
In the Last Days of the City (photo: film still)

The 10th edition of the Algerian Oran International Arabic Film Festival is set to run between 25 and 31 July.

The festival lineup, which includes 31 films from across the Arab world of various lengths and genres, is split into three categories: feature-length fiction, documentaries, and short films.

Three Egyptian films are set to take part in the competition.

Tamer El-Said’s 2016 production Akher Ayam El-Madina (In The Last Days of the City) will compete in the feature-length fiction category.

The film, which was co-written by Rasha Salty and Tamer El-Said, follows a filmmaker in his strenuous attempt to create a documentary that captures the soul of the city.

The film has scooped multiple awards since its release, but has not yet been screened in Egyptian cinemas.

Wahid Sobhy’s 2016 documentary film Ehna El-Masreyin El Arman (We Are Egyptian Armenians) will compete in the documentary category.

The film explores Egypt’s culturally diverse society through the stories of Armenian nationals who immigrated to the country in 1915 and passed on their cultural heritage from one generation to the next.

Nagi Ismail Mohamed’s 2016 short film Banaouna (Builders) will compete in the short film category. The film follows the story of two builders living together on a Cairo rooftop.

After one of the builders dies, rather than receiving a traditional burial, his body is covered in cement and kept inside their home, only to be discovered by another young co-worker.

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