Not to be missed: Abundance of films, topped with Greek National Opera Ballet in Cairo

Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Jun 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week 5-11 June 2024 in Cairo.

Not to miss


Four Daughters - film

The screenings continue almost daily, until 11 June

Check the programme here 

Zawya Cinema, 15, Emad Eddin St., Downtown, Cairo

 

Directed by Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania, the film follows Olfa, a Tunisian woman and the mother of four daughters. One day, her two older daughters disappear. To fill in their absence, the filmmaker invites professional actresses and invents a unique cinema experience that lifts the veil on Olfa and her daughters' life stories.

The film blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction and between being on-screen and off-screen.

It has received critical acclaim, winning numerous awards at international festivals. 

The Legend of 1900 - film

Wednesday 5 June, 8 pm

Cultural Palace of Garden City, 4 Abdel-Rahman Fahmy St., Qasr El Nil, Garden City, Cairo

 

The film follows a musical prodigy, born in 1900. It is a fictional story inspired by the monologue Novecento written by Alessandro Baricco.

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, this 1989 film won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Original Score - Motion Picture for Ennio Morricone.

The film’s screening is part of the Cairo Cinema Culture Palace’s free-of-charge screening throughout June. 

Read more here 

Greek National Opera Ballet

Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June, 8 pm

Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

 

The Greek National Opera Ballet will perform at the Cairo Opera House on 6 and 7 June, with the modern dance accompanied by the fusion of Greek classical and folkloric music.

On 6 June the troupe will perform the Dance With My Own Shadow, a piece that premiered in the Stavros Niarchos Hall in 2019 to the music by Manos Hadjidakis and choreography by Konstantinos Rigos. 

On 7 June the ballet company will present Return of the Summer, which is the modern dance diptych consisting of Point of No Return choreographed by Ioannis Mandafounis to the music by Giorgos Koumendakis and Rigos, and Les Nuits d’Eté, with Rigos's choreography to Hector Berlioz's music.  

Read the interview with Konstantinos Rigos 

Yassen Mahgoub - music

Saturday 8 June, 8 pm

Room Art Space & Café, 10 Etihad Al Mohamin St., Garden City

 

Yassen Mahgoub presents a fusion of his originals mixed with electronic music along with visual effects.

Mahgoub’s music is inspired by the famous British group Pink Floyd, whilst creating a fusion of rock and metal music.

Hob El Banat - film

Saturday 8 June at 9.30 pm

Zawya Cinema, 15, Emad Eddin St., Downtown, Cairo

 

The film portrays the story of three half-sisters who are united when their father dies and his will dictates they live together if they are to get their inheritance. The three sisters -- the passionate Nada, the westernized Roqaya, and the tempered Ghada -- have to work out their differences.

Khaled Hagar directed Hob El Banat in 2004.

The film stars Layla Olwi, Ashraf Abdel-Baky, Hanan Turk, Khaled Abol Naga, Ahmad Ezz, Hana Shiha

Here and Elsewhere - film

Sunday 9 June, 7 pm (doors open at 6.30 pm)

Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 1, Dr Mahmoud Azmi St., Zamalek, Cairo 

 

The movie incorporates footage of fedayeen taken for an aborted pro-Palestinian film, which had been abandoned when the subjects were killed. Here and Elsewhere (1976) takes its name from the footage of the fedayeen and a French family.

Directed by Jean Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville, the film marks the beginning of Godard's transitional period, which found him experimenting with video and moving from political polemics to an examination of the way people perceive themselves and others.

The Teacher - film

Monday 10 June, 2 pm

Tuesday 11 June, 4.30 pm

Zawya Cinema, 15, Emad Eddin St., Downtown, Cairo

 

The Teacher was written and directed by Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Farah Nabulsi.

The film won several awards, including the Audience Award for narrative feature at the 67th San Francisco International Film Festival, and is currently screened in movie theatres across Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.

The Teacher follows "a Palestinian schoolteacher who struggles to reconcile his risky commitment to political resistance with the chance of a new relationship with volunteer worker, Lisa, and his emotional support for one of his students, Adam."

Raya and the Last Dragon - film

Monday 10 June, 8 pm

Cultural Palace of Garden City, 4 Abdel-Rahman Fahmy St., Qasr El Nil, Garden City, Cairo

 

The 2021 American production is an animated film directed by Carlos López Estrada and Don Hall.

The film takes the viewers to a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth, inhabited by an ancient civilization, where a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

The film’s screening is part of the Cairo Cinema Culture Palace’s free-of-charge screening throughout June. 

Read more here 

Black Adam - film

Tuesday 11 June, 8 pm

Cultural Palace of Garden City, 4 Abd El-Rahman Fahmy St., Qasr El Nil, Garden City, Cairo

 

After being granted the divine power of the Egyptian Gods and spending almost 5000 years in a guardhouse, Black Adam is freed and decides to unleash his style of justice on the world.

The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and was released in 2022

The film’s screening is part of the Cairo Cinema Culture Palace’s free-of-charge screening throughout June. 

Read more here 

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