Not to be missed: Khairy Beshara retrospective at Zawya, Hisham Kharma and Boghdady Big Band concerts

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Jan 2023

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (4 - 10 January) in Cairo.

Not to miss


Egypt premiere: Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre (2022)
Wednesday 4 January
Vox Cinemas

Super spy Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) must track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology wielded by billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant). Reluctantly teamed with some of the world's best operatives (Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone), Fortune and his crew recruit Hollywood's biggest movie star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett) to help them on their globe-trotting undercover mission to save the world.

Egypt premiere: Shalaby (2022)
Wednesday 4 January
Vox Cinemas

The film follows Saber who has wants to leave his boring job as a mascot and become a marionette show creator. He encounters a nine year old girl who lost her voice due to a recent trauma and helps her speak again.

The film stars Bayoumi Fouad, Hatem Salah, Ruby and Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz

Mazaher ensemble (Zar)
Wednesday 4 January, 8pm
Egyptian Center For Culture & Arts - Makan, 1 Saad Zaghloul St, Cairo

The musicians of Mazaher, Um Sameh, Um Hassan and Nour El-Sabah are among the last remaining Zar practitioners in Egypt. The music is inspired by the three different musical styles of the Zar tradition practiced in Egypt.

Khairy Beshara Retrospective
Daily throughout the whole month, starting Thursday 5 January
Zawya cinema, 15 Emad Edin Street, Downtown Cairo

Khairy Beshara is one of the best known Egyptian directors of his generation and one the first Egyptian and Arab directors to venture into digital filmmaking in the late 1990s. He established the neo-realism genre with many significant films like The Collar and the Bracelet (1986), Bitter Day, Sweet Day (1988), Ice Cream in Gleam (1992), Abracadabra America (1993), Traffic Light (1995), Crab (1990), Wild Desire (1991), Strawberry War (1993) and Nutshell (1995) followed by many other titles. A selection of his films will be screened during the retrospective.  

Copenhagen Cowboy (miniseries)
Thursday 5 January
Netflix premiere

The six-episode Scandinavian Netflix series follows a young heroine, Miu, who travels through Copenhagen's criminal netherworld.

The series stars Angela Bundalovic, Andreas Lykke Jørgensen, Li Ii Zhang and Zlatko Buric

Hisham Kharma concert
Thursday 5 January, 8pm
Gomhoreya Theatre, Abdeen, Cairo
Sunday 8 January, 8pm
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), Alexandria

The concerts will include many of Kharma's compositions for films and TV series. The composer began performing live music concerts in 2016. Accompanied by a grand orchestra, Kharma performed in major events in notable locations such as at the feet of Egypt's pyramids, Cairo Citadel and London Mansion House. He also released multiple top charting albums and singles.

Read more about the event here 

The Pale Blue Eye
Friday 6 January
Netflix premiere

A world-weary detective is hired to investigate the murder of a West Point cadet. Stymied by the cadets' code of silence, he enlists one of their own to help unravel the case - a young man the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe.

The film stars Christian Bale, Harry Melling and Lucy Boynton

Boghdady Big Band
Friday 6 January, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Boghdady Big Band presents Christmas & New Year’s Concert, featuring the guest musician and former Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem on flute.

The Comedy Bunch
Sunday 8 January, 9pm
Room Art Space & Cafe, 10, Etehad El-Mohameien St., Garden City, Cairo

The Comedy Bunch's stand-up comedy open-mic night sheds light on new talents to join the comedy scene. Hosts of the evening are Ahmed El-Hareedy and Mohamed Gamal El-Din.

Cairo Classical Ensemble concert
Tuesday 10 January, 8pm
Tahrir Cultural Centre, Tahrir square, Cairo

A journey of musical conversations from Vivaldi to Dvorak features Wessam Amin on oboe, Rasha Yehia on viola, Shady Hanna on cello and violins Laura Virtanen and Marianne Brandstettner.

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