The 41st Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), taking place between 20 and 29 November, is creating sub-divisions for its International Panorama programme that screens 50 films each year.
The new categorisation system has been put in place "in order to shed light on certain groups of films that can be seen together, giving a coherent context for the audience," as explained by critic Ahmed Shawky, delegated artistic director of the CIFF.
The lives of five filmmakers explored
The first sub-division is titled 'CineTalents,' under which five international films are being released this year; four documentaries and one animation to "record the lives and career of five of the most important film artists in the history of world cinema," stated the CIFF organisers on Sunday.
'What does it mean to be an artist? What mark does the film artist leave on his world?' These are the two main questions that summarise the CineTalents theme.
The five films screened at the Panorama Special: CineTalents are as follows:
'Babenco – Tell Me When I Die'
Babenco, Tell Me When I Die
Named best film about cinema at the Venice International Film Festival, Brazilian film 'Babenco' by Barabara Paz is about the late Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco.
'The Passion of Anna Magnani'
The Passion of Anna Magnani
French-Italian production 'The Passion of Anna Magnani,' directed by Enrico Cerasuolo, explores the life of Anna Magnani, an icon of Neorealism in Italian cinema.
'Forman vs. Forman'
Forman vs. Forman
Czech film 'Forman vs. Forman' by Jakub Hejna and Helena Trestíková tells the story of great Czech filmmaker Milos Forman.
'Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles'
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles
The Spanish-Dutch-German animation 'Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles' by Salvador Simo Busom, which took part in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, gives a glimpse into the life of great Surrealist director Luis Buñuel.
'Unlocking Doors of Cinema: Mohamed Malas'
The Lebanese-Emirati coproduction directed by Nezar Andary is about the Syrian author and director Mohammad Malas.
'Unlocking Doors of Cinema: Mohamed Malas' is one of the 27 international premieres that CIFF announced last week.
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