Egyptian film Exterior Night (Photo: still from the film)
Egyptian film Exterior Night has been selected for screening at the first edition of Meknes International Cinema Festival, which opens on 14 June in the Moroccan city of Meknes.
Directed by Ahmed Abdallah, the film is written by Sherif El-Alfy, produced by Hala Lotfy, and stars Karim Kassem, Mona Hala, Sherif Dessouky, Basma, and Ahmed Malek.
It had its international premiere at the Toronto Film festival, and was then screened at the Stockholm Film Festival and the Marrakech Film Festival.
It was first screened in Egypt last November at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), where Sherif Dessouky won the prize for Best Actor.
The film follows three individuals who break social norms and test boundaries on an extraordinary night. Each character is fighting their own battle, leading to an unexpected journey in the streets of Cairo.
The Meknes Festival has selected nine other films from the Arab world, with two from Morocco: Nazira by Kamal Kamal, and Tafah Al Kayl by Mohsen Sabry.
A Day in Beirut by Nadim Tahabet from Lebanon, Welad by Hala Hassan Ahmed from UAE, Toren by Nawzad Shekhani from Iraq, Shaytan El Qayla (The Crow's Siesta) by Moez Kamoun from Tunisia, Amina by Ayman Zidan from Syria, Damm El-Theab (Blood of the Wolves) by Ammar Si Fadeel from Algeria, and Sarb El-Hamam by Ramadan Kosrowah from Kuwait are also selected.
The festival is headed by Hassan El-Roukh and directed by Edris El-Roukh.
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