The final countdown to the second El-Gouna Film Festival

Ossama Lotfy Fateem , Wednesday 19 Sep 2018

The festival's second edition which will take place from 20 to 28 September, will screen 80 films, including 11 world premieres and provide a multitude of workshops and panels


The second El-Gouna Film Festival will take place this from 20 to 28 September in the Red Sea resort town, with 80 films to be screened, including 11 world premieres.

A selection of the 80 films will participate in the festival's three main competitions: short films, documentaries and the feature narrative. A number of movies will be screened outside of the competition.

Thirty-eight countries are represented by the films being screened, but this year will see a particularly strong presence from French cinema, with over 29 of the 80 films produced by French movie-makers, or made with French participation.

The second edition of the festival will also honour Egyptian director Dawoud Abdel Sayed and Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha, for their achievements.

This year’s festival also features a number of other elements such as the CineGouna SpringBoard is a project development lab that provides opportunities for Arab filmmakers to obtain financial and creative support.

On the other hand, Cinema for Humanity will run panels on two significant topics: refugee stories in film, and the role of women in film. 

There will also be a master class from director, writer and producer Paul Haggis. He wrote the screenplay for and produced Million Dollar Baby (2004) and wrote, produced and directed Crash (2006); both films won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Gianfranco Angelucci, who worked alongside Fellini as a script-writer and director for more than twenty years, will be offering his experiences and behind-the-scenes insights on the Italian master’s works.

To honour the 25th anniversary of Fellini's passing, the festival will be screening two iconic Fellini films: Roma, and 8½.

This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of legendary Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, as well as the 100th anniversary of the birth of acclaimed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

Chahine’s film The Emigrant will be screened, and a special exhibition of original movie posters and collectibles from his films will be on display.

A concert conducted by maestro Hisham Gabr will be held on 23 September celebrating the best-known music from Chahine’s films, arranged by Gabr, in addition to original pieces.

The restored versions of Bergman’s masterpieces Persona and Strawberries will also be screened, and there will also be an exhibition, which has been held previously in several countries, presenting pictures, videos and posters that document some of his iconic work.  

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