Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age drama The Fabelmans has been announced as the opening film of 44th Cairo International Film Festival, running from November 13 to 22.
This year’s edition of the historic Egyptian festival will unfold under the direction of a new management team following the departure of former head Mohamed Hefzy in March.
Veteran actor Hussein Fahmy returns as president at the festival, a role he held in the past, while respected Egyptian film programmer Amir Ramses has taken up the baton of artistic director.
Naomi Kawase Named As Jury President Of Cairo International Film Festival
This year’s main International Competition features Egyptian filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla’s 19B, Palestinian director Firas Khoury’s Alam, Butterfly Vision by Ukraine’s Maksym Nakonechnyi and Love According To Dalva by Belgium’s Emmanuelle Nicot.
As previously announced, Naomi Kawase will preside over the main jury. Freshly announced jury members include Egyptian cinematographer Nancy Abdelfattah, Indian actress Bhasker, Egyptian music composer Rageh Daoud, Italian actress Stefania Casini, Mexican filmmaker Joaquin Del Paso and Moroccan actor Samir Guesmi.
“The beginning of the journey with the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) was a huge responsibility for me, a young cinema fan who closely followed the festival where I was introduced to the many worlds of cinema, and later as a filmmaker whose films were screened twice in its cinemas,” said Ramses.
“Being appointed in a position, which was taken by many prestigious names on top of which is my valued mentor, the late film critic and programmer Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, was a way to give back and pay my respect to an institution that made me the filmmaker I am today before it was a new step in my professional career.”
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