PHOTO GALLERY: Opening of 36th Cairo International Film Festival

Egyptian actor Asser Yassin

Egyptian Actor Mohamed Ramadan

Actress Laila Elwy

Actor Khaled Abul-Naga (Middle)
(Photo: Nader Osama)

Egyptian Actress Laila Elwy

Actress Wafaa Salem and Actor Ahmed Shaker

Lebanese actress Madeline Tabar (Left) and Producer Mohammed Hassan Ramzi (Right)

From left to right, Retired actress Shahira, Actor Mahmoud Yassin and TV presenter Mona El-Shazly

Actor Wael Nour (left)

The 36th Cairo International Film Festival opened on Sunday with a celebration at the Salaheddin citadel.

The long-awaited festival opened without a red carpet. Festival president Samir Farid said the carpet often turns into a photography area while he hoped to focus on the festival itself.

None of the previous presidents of the festival showed up, including Hussein Fahmy, a renowned actor who was supposed to distribute honorary awards together with actress Samiha Ayoub.

Acclaimed actor Ezzat Abo Aouf was also missing despite being invited.

Despite many absences, the opening ceremony saw the arrival of a number crucial artists from Egyptian cinema: Leila Elwi, Yousra, Lebleba, Somaya El-Khashab, Mohamed Ramadan, Khaled El-Nabawy, Khaled Aboul-Naga, director Kamla Abo Zekry, scriptwriter Mohamed El-Adl, among many other renowned figures.

The cold weather made the guests leave early yet did not lower their expectations.

The festival returns after its last edition scheduled on 2013 was cancelled and its organisers promised a significant revamp of this important event. 

The festival will run until 18 November and will include four international premieres, six world premiers and 55 Arab and African premieres.

Pictures nominated as official Oscar entries for the 2015 race for Best Foreign Language Film by their respective countries, are among the selections.