Egyptian highlights in Dubai International Film Festival

Ahram Online, Wednesday 7 Dec 2011

The 8th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (7-14 December) will honour Egyptian actor Gamil Rateb and will feature Egyptian feature films, shorts and documentaries

Zafir (Breathe Out) by Omar El Zohairy will be competing in this year's Muhr Arab Short section

The 8th round of the Dubai International Film Festival (7-14 December) is opening tonight with Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol in the presence of the film’s star Tom Cruise. The fourth instalment in the Mission Impossible series, the film has had selected "fan screenings" around the world, but Dubai marks the general audience premier.
The festival will also be awarding three lifetime achievement awards to the Egyptian actor Gamil Rateb, the German filmmaker Werner Herzog and the Indian composer and score writer Allah Rakha, who won an Oscar for the score of Slumdog Millionaire. 171 films from 56 countries will be screened, including a 900-min documentary on the history of international cinema.
Egyptian films featured include Wahed Sahih (A Whole One) by Hady El Bagoory and Salah Abou Seif’s El Bedaya (The Beginning), the latter in the Lifetime Achievement section. Four short Egyptian films will be screened including Hadouta Men Sag (A Tin Tale) by Aida El Kashef, Bahari by Ahmed Ghoneimi, Zafir (Breathe Out) by Omar El Zohairy and Ahad Sokan El Madeena (A Resident of the City) by Adham El Sherif. In addition, two Egyptian films will be participating in the Muhr Arab Documentary section: Settouzad Awel Eshk (Settouzad my First Passion) by Heba Yossry and Born on 25 Jnuary by Ahmed Rashwan.
Two Tunsian films, Anour Lahouar’s Attaieb and Mourad Ben Cheikh’s La Khaqoufa Baada Al’Yaoum, are also in the DIFF selection this year.
Anouar Lahouar's Attaieb (The Masseur) tells the story of a bath masseur's struggle to interact with the world of the living after having washed a dead corpse to help with funeral formalities, while La Khaoufa Baada Al'Yaoum (No More Fear) — competing in the Muhr Arab Documentary section — has already enjoyed international exposure: its first screening was at the Cannes Festival this year. It is one of the first works to touch on the Tunisian revolution which occurred earlier this year, shedding light on popular uprisings that shook Tunisia.

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