The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has stated Wednesday that Florian Zeller’s 'The Father', starring Academy award winners Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, will have a MENA premiere gala screening after the opening ceremony of the 42nd edition taking place at the Cairo Opera House on Wednesday 2 December.
“I’m thrilled and honoured that ‘The Father’ has been selected to open the 42nd edition of the prestigious Cairo International Film Festival and I’m incredibly excited for the festival’s audience to experience this special film on the big screen," said director Florian Zeller in a statement revealed by the CIFF.
Based on the acclaimed, award-winning play, ‘The Father’ is the feature debut of playwright Florian Zeller, and is written by Academy award-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (based on Zeller’s own stage play by the same name). The film, also starring Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, and Mark Gatiss, has received massive acclaim from critics lauding Hopkins and Colman's powerhouse performances and praising its depiction of dementia.
“We are thrilled to be opening the festival this year with ‘The Father'," stated CIFF’s President Mohamed Hefzy. "It is breath-taking and heart-breaking, flawlessly directed by Florian Zeller with both Sir Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, as well as the rest of the cast delivering a masterclass in acting. It’s a powerful piece of storytelling that will stun audiences this December,” he added.
One of the few major film festivals around the world to take place in the pandemic year, the CIFF's challenging edition, that was rescheduled due to ensuring safety measures will continue until 10 December with some virtual activities.
The CIFF is one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals in the Arab world and Africa. It is also the only festival in both regions accredited as category A by the International Federation of Film Producers (FIAPF) alongside 14 other festivals that hold international competitions.