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Cairo International Film Festival Comes Back Downtown for its 38th Edition

The CIFF, which had stopped screening movies in downtown venues since 2012 for security reasons, will celebrate this year's edition with a comeback to the heart of Cairo in November.

The long-awaited Cairo International Film Festival has just announced its 38th edition, set to take place on November 15th-24th in Downtown Cairo, where it had stopped screening movies since 2012 for security reasons. The announcement was made by CIFF’s President Magda Wassef herself, who also indicated there will be five venues inside the Cairo Opera House for screenings as well.

The venues to be set alight this November are three of the Odeon Cinema’s rooms and two more from Karim 1 & 2 Cinemas, bringing the number of screening rooms available for the festival up to 10.

This year, the event is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of the legendary William Shakespeare, offering cinematographic works inspired by his plays. As part of the showcase, the British Council in Cairo will feature their selection “Shakespeare Lives on Films” as well. Egyptian movies inspired by Shakespeare’s work will also be displayed, such as Inas El Degheidy’s Lobster (Estakoza), Fatin Abdel Wahab’s Ah Min Hawa, in addition to adaptations from Russia, Greece, and other countries.

On this occasion, the festival’s administration will also publish a book about Shakespeare in films written by film critic Essam Zakaria.

For updates on the festival’s programme visit their website and Facebook page.