Seven Egyptian Films Selected to Screen During the 5th Edition of El Gouna Film Festival

2021-08-11

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In line with El Gouna Film Festival’s mission of showcasing powerful cinematic works from the region, GFF is proud to announce that seven Egyptian films will screen during the festival’s upcoming 5th edition, the largest number since its inception. The festival is scheduled to take place from October 14 to 22, 2021 in the resort town of El Gouna.

 

Feathers/ Feature Narrative Competition

Directed by: Omar El Zohairy

The 2021 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prix and FIPRESCI Award winner tells the story of Sami, an authoritative Egyptian father, who was turned into a chicken by a magician’s trick at his 6-year-old’s birthday party. The mysterious transformation sets his family off to a tragically funny adventure of self-discovery to survive without the patriarch.


Amira/ Feature Narrative Competition

Directed by: Mohamed Diab 

Starring Saba Mubarak, Ali Suleiman, and Tara Abboud, the film follows Amira, a bubbly 17-year-old who has grown-up believing she was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father. Her sense of identity is shattered when another attempt to conceive a child with her father’s smuggled sperm reveals he is infertile.


Captains of Za’atari/ Feature Documentary Competition

Directed by: Ali El Arabi 

Winner of three awards at the 2019 CineGouna Platform this documentary tells the story of  Mahmoud and Fawzi, who have been living in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan for five years. Despite their dire circumstances, they focus their energy on their first love⁠ — soccer. When Aspire Academy arrives at Za’atari to pick players for an international tournament, the two friends get the opportunity of their lifetime.


Back Home/ Feature Documentary Competition

Directed by: Sara Shazli

Sara’s father is nearly 80 years old and is full of life. When Sara’s plans turn upside down due to the global pandemic, she finds herself stuck in her childhood home with her parents after living abroad for ten years. As they spend months together in lockdownSara feels the need to capture the precious moments spent with her father on film. For the first time, Sara’s return to Egypt feels right.


Khadiga/ Short Film Competition

Directed by: Morad Mostafa

Khadiga,  a young mother living alone with her baby, after her husband  left to work in a remote city. On an ordinary day, she goes through the streets of Cairo to make a few visits where she feels uncomfortable with the surroundings.

 

Cai-Ber/ Short Film Competition

Directed by: Ahmed Abd El Salam

After numerous failed attempts to escape the status quo of her generation’s depression, Nour, 29, secretly arranges to flee her homeland. Hours before her departure, she embarks on a journey of struggles with a patriarchal society and a fight within to keep her hidden secret.

 

Full Moon/ Official Selection out of Competition

Directed by: Hadi El Bagoury

Starring an ensemble cast including Khaled El Nabawy, Shereen Reda, Ghada Adel, Ahmed El Fishawy, Yasmin Raeis, Ahmed Malek, Ahmed Hatem, Asmaa Abulyazeid, May El Ghety and Khaled Anwar; the film takes place on a lunar night where the societal beliefs that kill love are unveiled through five different love stories.

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