A special tribute ceremony for long-time star actor Ahmed Bedir was held on Thursday as part of the 22nd edition of the Ismailia Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, after a special screening of his 2019 short film Maw’ed Hayah (“Life Appointment.”)
Attended by tens of acclaimed filmmakers, critics, and Ismailia-based fans of the actor, the seminar was moderated by critic Sayed Mahmoud who spoke highly of the long career of the popular star who collaborated with legendary artists and directors in over 300 works in TV, cinema, and theatre.
“I am very happy for this honour by the Ismailia Film Festival,” stated Bedir, who spoke about his excitement for working in short films, and with young talented directors, recalling funny memories of his four films, that entertained the attendance with his humour.
“I ask for a protocol with the local TV to screen short films, even for free, to spread the cultural message,” Bedir, 75, stated before speaking about his career.
Bedir explained that he prefers to be classified as a comedian in theatre. Meanwhile he has a passion for tragedy and drama, such as his unforgettable TV series with director Yehia El-Alamy Al-Zeiny Baraka, as well as Arafa El-Bahr, Ala El-Raseef, Zizinia, Batal Men Waraa and his latest El-Maddah, by director Ahmed Samir Farag.
Egyptian actor Ahmed Bedir speaks during his seminar at the Ismailia Int'l Film Featival, Thursday 17 June 2021
Bedir recalled key memories in his career that started with legendary director Youssef Shahin and continues in successive collaborations, with Sokoot Hansawar(“Silence... We're rolling”) in 2001. He also mentioned that the great director cast him for the role of Ibn Rushd in Al-Maseer before finally choosing late Nour El-Sherif.
Among the speakers at the seminar were writer Mohamed El-Basosy, critics El-Amir Abaza, and Magda Mourice, who remarked about Bedir's talent in portraying personas.
Directed and screen-played by Amr El-Behidy, Maw’ed Hayah tells the story of Abbas, a lonely man in his 70s. He blames himself for his past, and encounters situations that change his life.
Egyptian actor Sabry Fawaz celebrated by the organisers of the 22nd Ismailia International Film Festiva, Friday 18 June 2021
On Friday, actors Sabry Fawaz and Ahmed Wafik were separately celebrated as well. The inviting of famous actors for the Ismailia Festival is a new idea meant to attract the audiences of the Suez Canal city.
Under the presidency of critic Essam Zakareya, the festival, organised by the National Cinema Centre, is running until 22 June where 10 feature documentaries, 14 short documentaries, 16 short fiction films and 15 short animation films are competing in its main categories.
Ahmed Wafik is among Egyptian actors celebrated at the new star programme of the Ismailia Film Festival
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