'My Girl Friend' & 'Microbus' among Egyptian films competing at Amman festival

Ahram Online , Friday 18 Aug 2023

Four films from Egypt are taking part in the 4th edition of the Amman International Film Festival - 15 to 22 August.



Among 50 titles from around the world at the festival, Egypt is represented by four films: Rat Hole, The Tedious Tour of M, My Girl Friend, and Microbus.

Rat Hole, directed by Mohamed El-Samman, is competing for the Arab Feature-Length Narrative award. 

Hend Bakr's film The Tedious Tour of M is participating in the Arab Feature-Length Documentary Competition.

My Girl Friend, directed by Kawthar Younis, and Microbus, directed by Maggie Kamal, are screened in the Arab Shorts Competition.

All films screened within the festival compete for the Black Iris award.

The four competitive sections, with three awards granted by juries, are Best Arab Feature Narrative (eight films), Best Arab Feature Documentary (eight films) and Best Arab Short (18 films); and Audience Award, which is accorded to the winning film in the International section (eight films).

This year, the Arab feature-length documentaries also compete for the FIPRESCI prize. 

For the third year in a row, the festival hosts the Franco-Arab Rendez-Vous  - a non-competitive section that includes seven feature films either French or co-produced with France as well as four short films winners of two Franco-Arab competitions held in parallel in Jordan and France. 

Screenings are taking place at Taj Cinemas, the drive-in theatre in Abdali, the open-air theatre at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan and Rainbow Theatre.

Some screenings are organized in governorates outside Amman to reach a larger audience in the kingdom.

The festival will be paralleled by numerous events within its Industry Days segment, including talks, seminars, and a number of masterclasses.

Two of the masterclasses are led by Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah and film critic Ahmed Shawky.

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