Barakah Meets Barakah
Barakah Meets Barakah

The 38th edition of Cairo International Film Festival, taking place November15 to 24, 2016, will screen 8 movies representing their country in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, the most important awards in the world of cinema. Recently, each country in the world nominated one film to run in the competition for Best Film in a Foreign (non-English) Language. Eight of them will be screened in the coming edition of the Festival.

Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, representing Germany, is one of the most serious contenders to enter in the final list, after its resounding success at last Cannes Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI (International Critics Association) Prize. The film tells the tale of an eccentric father trying to get closer to his only daughter working in another country.

Hungary chose the film Kills on Wheels by Attila Till to enter the race. The film mixes both the cinema and comics worlds to tell the story of 3 disabled people who decide to use their wheelchairs to carry out unexpected operations… From Eastern Europe, the Festival will also present the Slovak candidate for the Oscars, Marko Skop’s Eva Nova, the story of an actress recovering from alcoholism and trying to reconnect with her son.

Canadian contender will also be screened: It’s Only the End of the World, by Xavier Dolan, tells the story of a writer who returns to his family after a long absence, after being diagnosed with a serious illness. The film Ma’ Rosa, by director Brillante Mendoza, will also represent Philippines in the Oscar competition and be screened in the Festival. The lead actress in the movie won the Best Actress award in Cannes, for her role as a mother who sells drug in order for her family to survive. Asia will also be present with Nepalese Oscar-nominated The Black Hen (Kalo Pothi), which won the Best Film Award at the International Film Critics Week in Venice in 2015.

Egyptian film Clash by Mohamed Diab, which has been chosen to represent Egypt in the run for Oscars, will also be screened in a special section of the festival dedicated to recent award-winning Egyptian films. These films will be subtitled in English to allow international guests of the festival to see them. The Prospects of Arab Cinema, a parallel program, also announced that it will present Saudi film Barakah Meets Barakah, by Mahmoud Sabbagh, which will be the Kingdom’s contender in the Oscars competition. The film, shot in Jeddah with Saudi actors and actresses, talks about the difficulties encountered by young boys and girls in a country that prohibits mix gatherings.

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