The list includes 10 of the most important titles of 2020, including “Nomadland” which took the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, and the People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival. “Undine”, winner of two awards at the Berlin Film Festival, in addition to the Palestinian Film “ Gaza Mon Amour”, winner of the NETPAC award (Best Asian Film) at the Toronto Film Festival.
Cairo, October 6, 2020
Cairo International Film Festival revealed the first batch of Films of its 42nd Edition, which will be held December 2nd to December 10th, promising the audience a rich and diverse selection of the world’s most recent and anticipated films of the year, most of which won important awards in major film festivals.
Mohamed Hefzy, Festival President, said ; “Aside from the soon to be announced word and international premieres and competition titles, the programming team is proud to include a collection of the most Important and anticipated films of the year for the audience of Cairo, many of which are poised to be frontrunners of the awards season after collecting critical praise in festivals like Venice, Toronto, and Berlin earlier in the year.
The American Film “Nomadland” tops the list of important titles that will have their MENA premiere at CIFF. After winning two of the most prestigious awards of the year, Venice’s Golden Lion and TIFF’s People’s Choice from Toronto International Film Festival, making it the front runner for the Best Film academy award.
Directed by Chloé Zhao and starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand, the story of Nomadland is a somber story of the resilient discards of an unforgiving economy has a lived-in authenticity that creeps up on you with stirring power and grace. Cairo Film Festival will be presenting it in the oﬃcial section out of competition.
“The Disciple”, an India Production that won the best screenplay and FIPRESCI awards at Venice Film Festival, is also featured in the oﬃcial section out of competition. “Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane and produced by Oscar-winning Alfonso Cuarón, the film’s story revolves around a young Indian boy who dedicates his life to following his dream of becoming a classical Indian singer.
Also part of the out of competition official selection is the German-French drama “Undine” the latest film by Christian Petzold, who presided over the jury of the International Competition of Cairo Film Festival in it’s 38th edition. The film participated in the oﬃcial competition of the Berlin Film Festival back in February, winning Best Actress for lead star Paula Beer as well the FIPRESCI prize. Undine works as a historian lecturing on Berlin’s urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water.
Also from Berlin, the award winning Panorama title “Mogul Mowgli”, a British-American production directed by Bassam Tariq and starring Riz Ahmed (also co-writer) won the FIPRESCI prize for the Panorama section. The film follows the journey of a British Pakistani rapper who is on the cusp of his first world tour, but is struck down by an illness that threatens to derail his big break.. The film will also screen in the oﬃcial selection out of competition section.
Next on the list is Exile, a German-Belgium-Kosovo production, directed by Visar Morina, who won the Heart of Sarajevo for best feature film at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Exile tells the story of a chemical engineer of foreign origin who feels discriminated and bullied at work, plunging him into an identity crisis.
The Festival will screen “Exile” in the panorama section.
The British Film “Limbo” one of the most prominent oﬃcial selections of Cannes Film Festival, premiered in Toronto, before winning the Youth Jury Award at San Sebastian Film Festival earlier last month. The film will compete in the international competition of the 42nd edition. Directed by Ben Sharrock and starring Egyptian actor Amir Al Masry, the film presents a diﬀerent perspective on the problems of refugees in Europe.
Two years after his participation with his previous film “Jumpman” in 2018,, director Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, returns to the Cairo International Film Festival with his latest feature “The Conference” also competing in the international competition. The film, a Russia-Estonia-UK-Italy co-production, received a special mention from the jury of Venice Days. Many years after a deadly terrorist siege in a Moscow theatre, survivor Natasha returns to the crime scene to hold a memorial evening, finally able to confront her survivor’s guilt and her estranged daughter and husband.
One of the most prominent Arab films of 2020, also participating in the international competition, is “Gaza Mon Amour” a coproduction between France, Germany, Portugal, and Palestine, and directed by Tarzan Nasser and A