The 42nd Cairo International Film Festival has been postponed. Initially set to take place from November 19 to 28, the annual film festival is now delayed by two weeks and will be held from December 2 to 10.
As per a statement released by the festival, the changes in the dates were made to ensure that all the health and safety measures put in place were in accordance with the guidelines set by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The dates for the other elements of the film festival have also been postponed. The third edition of the Cairo Industry Days program, which provides a crucial space for discussions and networking between international and regional industry professionals, will now take place from December 4-7. It will run alongside the festival’s Cairo Film Connection which starts on December 5 and ends on December 7.
“We never gave up hope,” said the festival president and producer Mohamed Hefzy in a statement. He added: “Furthermore, the return of Cairo Industry Days cannot be more significant at a time when the industry struggles for survival, hope, and resistance against the difficult conditions imposed by the coronavirus all over the world.”
While the festival’s full program has not been released yet, a few highlights from the regional and international film selections have been revealed. This includes Egyptian director Amir Ramses’ The Curfew which will be premiering at the festival. Starring Egyptian actor Elham Shahin and Amina Khalil, the film is set during the 2013 curfew in Egypt and tells the story of Faten, who has left prison after 20 years to look for her daughter. Other regional films being screened at the festival are Egyptian director Mayye Zayed’s feature-documentary Lift Like A Girl, and Tarzan and Arab Nasser’s Gaza Mon Amour. Among the lineup of international films is Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, Bassam Tariq’s Mogul Mowgli and Ben Sharrock’s Limbo.