Last week, Egypt’s El Gouna was swamped with Arab actors, directors, models, and filmmakers, who all flocked to the resort town to celebrate the second edition of the annual El Gouna Film Festival, which wrapped up on Friday night. The week-long cinematic event, which kicked off on September 20, brought with it a host of stars, who came out in full force to support Arab theater and acknowledge their fellow peers who have helped to shape it.
Hosting the closing ceremony of this year’s festival was Nardine Farag, actor and host of MBC’s The Voice. Despite the festival’s jam-packed schedule, the Egyptian star, who has worked alongside Youssra in two TV series, took a little time out to catch up with her friends on the sidelines. In collaboration with Vogue.me, Farag is quizzing some of the Arab world’s brightest stars over a cup of coffee in a four-part series.
While episode one and two featured Tunisian star Dorra Zarrouk and Egyptian actor Amina Khalil opening up about myriad topics, the third installment of the series sees Alexandria-born actress, model, and ballerina Nelly Karim join Farag for a tête-à-tête over a freshly-brewed beverage. During the discussion, Karim enthuses over the A.B Shawky-directed Yomeddine (which scooped up the prize for Best Arab Narrative Feature) and shares her post-filming rituals. Karim, who was born to a Russian mother and an Egyptian father, also took part in a rapid-fire Q&A with the host in the four-minute-clip above. Watch the video to discover how Karim gets out of character, which director she wishes to work with, what her dream role would be, and more.
Production: Maison Pyramide
Director: Malak El Sawi
Stylist and art director: Alia El Dessouki