Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival has announced that 16 Arab films are confirmed in the lineup of the upcoming 5th edition of its annual festival which will be held October14-22 at the Red Sea resort.
El Gouna Film Festival Director Intishal Al Timimi said: “We are thrilled with the quantity of the competingArab films this year as well as their quality. At El Gouna Film Festival, we scour the Arab world just so we could showcase the most impeccable works to satiate our participants and attendees’ passionate cinematic palate. We are also delighted that three of the selected Arab films are CineGouna alumni, making us even keener for the film lineup this year.”
Artistic Director Amir Ramses added: “El Gouna Film Festival has made an undeniably significant contribution to the refinement of Egyptian and Arab cinema. This year’s selection of Arab films is set on highlighting the extent of our passion for cinema and the very art of filmmaking that renders us all the more eager to share these works with film aficionados around the world.”
Screening in the Feature Narrative competition section are Ely Dagher’s The Sea Ahead (Lebanon), which was selected as the best project in development during the 3rd edition of CineGouna Platform; Mounia Aki’s Costa Brava (Lebanon) which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival and Amira (Egypt-Jordan), directed by Mohamed Diab, which also premiered at Venice.
Screening in the Official Selection Out of Competition will be Hadi El Bagoury’s Full Moon (Egypt) featuring 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.
In the Feature Documentary section there will be presentations of Zeina Daccache’s The Blue Inmates (Lebanon) which won the El Gouna Film Festival award at the 2020 Final Cut Workshop in Venice and participated in the 4th edition of the CineGouna Platform; Captain’s of Za’atri (Egypt), directed by Ali El Arabi which won three awards at the 2019 CineGouna Platform and Sara Shazli’s Back Home (Egypt).
Screening in the Short Film Competition will be Fazia Ambah’s Nour Shams (Saudi Arabia); Night (Jordan-Palestine), directed by Ahmed Saleh; Samer Battikhi’s Arnood (Jordan); A Dike (Tunisia), directed by Bilel Bali; Darine Hotait’s Tallahassee (US-Lebanon); Moard Mostafa’s Khadiga (Egypt) and Cai-Ber (Egypt) directed by Ahmed Abd El Salam. .