The Cairo International Film Festival announced the first selection of international movies to be screened during the 38th edition of the festival, to be hold in the Egyptian capital from November 15th to 24th, 2016.
The Artistic Director of the festival, critic Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, explained the selecting process for this edition, which followed two main objectives: the first is the discovery of new films to be presented in the international competition – recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations); the second is to present to Egyptian film-lovers some of the most important international films, which often hardly find their ways to Egyptian silver screens.
The first selected movie is Toni Erdman, by German director Maren Ade, which was received at Cannes by a standing ovation and won the FIPRESCI (international critics’ association) Prize, before being designated by international film critics as “Film of the Year” at San Sebastian Festival.
Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes. With this film, the young Canadian filmmaker continues exploring the human nature and the way cinema can express it. Graduation (Baccalaureat), the latest film by great Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, which won the Best Director award at Cannes, will also be screened.
The festival will also introduce the latest work by famous American documentary director Michael Moore, Where to Invade Next?, in which he experiences alternative methods of dealing with social and economic ills in different countries. For his second participation in a row in the festival, Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda will present his film After the Storm, a family drama that premiered in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section.
Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe co-star in the American movie Swiss Army Man, by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, which inspired an array of reactions when it premiered at Sundance Film Festival before winning the Directing Award. The Festival will also screen the latest work by famous Italian director Marco Bellochio, Sweet Dreams, which was selected as the opening film for the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes.
The most famous Filipino director, Brillante Mendoza, will present his latest film, Ma’ Rosa, which gave Jaclyn Jose the Best Actress award in Cannes, for her role as a mother who sells drug in order for her family to survive.
Football fans will enjoy the American documentary Pele: Birth of a Legend, by brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, which narrates the real life story of Brazilian football legend Pele, who won its first World Cup victory at the age of 17.
Winner of the Karlovy Vary’s Best Actress Award, Slovakian film The Teacher, directed by Jan Hrebejk, narrates the arrival of a new teacher in a small school on the outskirts of Bratislava in the 1980s. Winner of the Cinematography Award at Sundance, The Land of the Enlightened is a documentary by Pieter-Jan De Pue set in Afghanistan after the US invasion, and following a gang of kids digging out and selling old Soviet mines.