Lamia Raafat – Cairo
Next Wednesday, March 4, the “Cairo Film Days” event will start for the fourth consecutive year at the “Zawya” cinema (downtown Cairo). The event is concerned with presenting the most important Arab films that were shown during the past year, and won prizes from international and local festivals.
This year’s list includes films that were shown at the Cannes and Venice festivals, in addition to the festivals of El Gouna, Cairo, Tripoli and others, and in this report we review the most important films that are not to be missed during this ongoing activity until the end of this month.
You’ll die in twenty
A film by Sudanese director Amjad Abu Al-Ala, a Sudanese / Egyptian / French / German / Norwegian / Qatari production, which was shown at the Venice Film Festival and won the Luigi de Laurentes Award, and also won the Best Screenplay Award from the Carthage Film Festival.
The film revolves around the “muzammil” of the child whose mother takes him to one of the elders and predicts that his age will not exceed twenty, so the child will live and curse over his head, the father will abandon him, and the mother is waiting for the days of his death, and Muzammil feels that he is already alive, so he cannot love or Loves, and the film discusses issues such as death and life, traditions, myth and faith.
Film by Lebanese director Walid Moones, Lebanese / American / Norwegian / Qatari production, screened at the Toronto Film Festival, and won the NETPAC Award, in addition to the Jury Prize from the El Gouna Film Festival.
The movie takes place in a single day, when the viewer learns about the school located in the mountains of Lebanon, and requested by children and adolescents, the story of the innocent love of the child Wissam who is trying to express his feelings to his colleague Joanna, but everything is troubled when Beirut is exposed to Israeli air strikes.
The film is starring Nadine Labaki in the role of a child teacher whose brother goes to war, and she also has a personal problem with her boyfriend who does not agree with her family politically.
Film by Hind Boujemaa, Tunisian / French / Belgian / Qatari production, starring Actress Hind Sabri, who won Best Actress in a feature film for this role from the Carthage Film Festival.
The film revolves around the woman who is married to a imprisoned criminal, and she tries to obtain a divorce quickly before leaving prison, and to maintain her life with her children, in light of poverty and weak salary, and at the same time she has a boyfriend waiting for her divorce until she gets married, and suddenly her life changes when the husband comes out From prison early, you feel threatened and frightened, and her carefully planned world is troubled.
If you like as in heaven
A film by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman, and a French / Qatari / German / Canadian / Turkish / Palestinian production that was first shown at the Cannes Film Festival, where he received the “FIPRESCI” award and special mention, and was also presented at the Toronto Film Festival competition, And outside the competition at the Cairo Film Festival.
The film is like the previous films of Elijah, on the edge between the documentary and the novelist, in which he appears in his character; Elijah is the director who is looking for funding for his next film, and during that he wanders between Paris and New York, revealing in each of them in a comic manner about the common patterns in them, and the film deals with issues such as identity, nationality and belonging .
Talk about trees
Film by Sudanese director Suhaib Al-Bari Division, and French / Sudanese / German / Chadian / Qatari production, and he won the Glashot Award for the distinguished documentary film of the Berlinale Festival “Berlin”, and it was presented in the framework of the official program of the international festival “Seine de Cartagena de Indias”, and presented in the framework of The official program of Istanbul Film Festival, as well as the El Gouna Film Festival.
The film is a documentary about four veteran Sudanese directors, dreaming of reviving an old cinematic theater, which combines the four with a passion for cinema, long friendship and cinematic study in the Diaspora, and a great regret over the state of Sudanese cinema, and the lack of a theater that Sudanese audiences enjoy watching movies with.
Film by Syrian director Waed Al-Khatib, and director Edward Watts, a documentary film produced by the United Kingdom and Syria. The film was nominated for an Academy Award as the best documentary, and he received the BAFTA Award in the same category.
The documentary revolves in Syria, where it tells the life of a young woman who is fighting for her young daughter “Sama”, as she prepares this film to be a document for the little girl to know Syria that she lost, and during which she narrates her fear for her daughter and her homeland and her own concept of the struggle for freedom and justice.
A film directed by Maryam Touzani, produced by Moroccan / French / Belgian, shown under the “What Look” section at the Cannes International Film Festival, and was awarded by Roger Ebert (New Directors Competition) from the Chicago International Film Festival and also presented at El Gouna Film Festival.
Juveniles begin with Samia, the young pregnant woman with an illegitimate child, knocking on the doors in search of housing and work, and she meets by chance the only widow’s daughter and her daughter Warda, where the abla opens her home to the girl, but not her heart, and they live together experiencing the troubles of life as single women, until the little Adam who changes everything.
Beck we live
A film directed by Mahdi Bersaoui, and a Tunisian / French / Lebanese / Qatari production, which was shown at the Cairo Film Festival to receive the Salah Abu Saif Award for Best Artistic Contribution, and the Venice Prospects Award for Best Actor from the Venice Film Festival.
The film tells the story of Fares and Mariam, the loving couple, and they make a trip to the southern Tunisia on the Libyan border. The trip turns into a nightmare when they are subjected to random shooting resulting in the injury of their son Aziz, who needs a liver transplant, and because Tunisian laws confirm that organ transplantation is only in the family context Members of this small family must reveal many secrets.