El Gouna film festival in Egypt kicks off with the screening of 80 films

HURGHADA, Egypt, Oct.15 (Xinhua) – The fifth edition of the El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) kicked off Thursday evening in the Egyptian resort of El Gouna on the Red Sea.

During this year’s edition, from October 14 to 22, 80 Arab and international films will be screened.

In addition, the eight-day festival will also witness workshops, masterclasses and special events brought to life by a horde of the most prominent industry experts locally and internationally.

The activities of the fifth edition of the GFF begin on October 15, including screenings of acclaimed films, such as the Finnish film The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic by Teemu Nikki, winner of the Audience Award of the International Film Festival. of Venice 2021 Armani Beauty and a participant in the GFF Feature Film Storytelling Competition.

“Our team has gained experience to overcome any challenge … we are growing and have become able to organize a successful event,” the director of the Intishal al-Tamimi festival told Xinhua on the red carpet of the ceremony. ‘opening.

Also, he said, the next edition of the GFF will be more difficult as they are always looking to come up with a different edition of the festival.

Syrian actress Nesreen Tafesh is always keen to participate in GFF activities every year, noting that the festival is an important platform that works to develop the film industry regionally and internationally.

“The GFF is a big win for the film industry … it helps young filmmakers get funds for their projects and take them to theaters,” the celebrity told Xinhua.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of famous Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the GFF will organize a retrospective exhibition showcasing his life and cinematographic works.

The retrospective exhibition for Kieslowski must be presented through a cinematic lens that brings the works on display to life, with 23 framed posters from the Lodz Film Museum, all inspired by the director’s films.

In addition, it will integrate original material from the established film archives of the Cinémathèque française, with 50 photos, including posters of Kieslowski’s iconic films, their filming locations, the filming process, as well as photos of the director himself.

As one of the leading festivals in the Middle East, the GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking.

The festival also aims to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts.

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