Syrian film 'Damascus...Aleppo' to open the Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Sep 2018

The festival runs between 3 and 8 October

Duraid Lahham
Duraid Lahham in the Syrian film Damascus...Aleppo (Photo: still from the film)

The Syrian film “Damascus…Aleppo” was chosen as the opening film for the 34th Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival, where it will have its world premiere.

The film is directed by Basel Al-Khatib and stars the seasoned Syrian superstar Duraid Lahham alongside others including Abdel Moneim Ameiri, Salma El-Masry, and Kende Hanna.

The director and many of the stars are scheduled to attend the festival opening.

The annual festival is organised by the Egyptian Association for Film Writers and Critics, under the auspices of the ministries of culture, information and tourism.

This edition will honor Syrian actor Abbas al-Nouri, Palestinian director Rashid Mashharawi, Moroccan artist Rawia and Palestinian producer Hussein al-Qala.

The film partly takes place on a bus going from Damascus to Aleppo, carrying passengers from different social backgrounds and mindsets. Their destinies become interlaced in this satirical comedy film.

Al-Khatib has said the film is a reflection of life for Syrians and aims to show the contradictions in daily life that may seem surreal, and how real life can be as strange as fiction.

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