Egyptian film Giraffe to screen at Marrakech Film Festival

Ahram Online , Sunday 25 Nov 2018

The film is written and directed by Ahmed Magdy, the young actor known for his latest role in the award-winning Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim

Egyptian film Giraffe, directed by Ahmed Magdy (Photo: still from the film)

The Egyptian film La Ahad Hunak (No One is There), in English titled Giraffe, will be screened at the 17th Marrakech Film Festival.

The festival runs 30 November to 8 December, and marks the film's international premiere.

Giraffe had its Arab premiere within the current Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), screening in the Critic Week competition alongside six other international films.

Directed by actor Ahmed Magdy, Giraffe is his first feature film after three short documentaries and a notable if nascent acting career.

Magdy also wrote the script for the film, which stars Amr Hosny, Shaza Moharram, Haidy Qousa, Salma Hassan, Rasha Magdy, Mohamed El-Badawy and Osama Gawesh.

The story follows Ahmed, who is lost and faithless in a ghostly city.

According the CIFF synopsis, "He must save a girl he doesn’t know by getting her enough money to have an abortion. Ahmed is swallowed into the madness of the city as he embarks on a surreal journey. He finds himself involved with an eccentric group of young people lead by an enigmatic girl trying to uncover the mystery behind the giraffe hidden at the zoo."

The Marrakesh Film Festival is an important regional festival, founded in 2001. This year it will honour several iconic names in cinema, including Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah, American actor Robert De Niro, and American director Martin Scorsese.

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