Three Egyptian actors to present Cairo Int'l Film Festival opening

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 19 Nov 2019

Khaled El-Sawy, Dina El-Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud will be this year's presenters of the 41st edition of the CIFF

Khaled El-Sawy, Dina El-Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud
Khaled El-Sawy, Dina El-Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud

The Cairo International Film Festival's (CIFF) 41st edition will open on Wednesday and will be presented by three famous Egyptian actors.

Khaled El-Sawy, Dina El-Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud will present the ceremony, which will be held at the Cairo Opera House's main hall and will be directed by Hisham Fathy.

The ceremony will see a series of performances and activities including the honouring of various cinema experts with a special tribute to the CIFF’s longtime artistic director Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, who died on 12 July. The 41st edition is named after Rizkallah.

British screenwriter Terry Gilliam, Egyptian director Sherif Arafa and Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby will be honoured during the opening, receiving various Faten Hamama awards.

The annual event, which will run till 29 November, is organised by Egypt's Ministry of Culture and headed by Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy, who is leading his second successive edition.

The opening film will be Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman', the $160 million Netflix production based on Charles Brandt's book 'I Heard You Paint Houses.' The film stars Robert De Niro in his ninth cooperation with Scorsese, as well as Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

With Mexico as the guest of honour, the many activities of the festival will include the screening of around 150 films (130 feature films and 20 shorts) representing 63 countries.

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