Egypt is making waves in the film industry, as Amir Ramses is set to premiere his latest feature, while Nour El-Sherif is receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Egypt is set to make a big splash at this year Dubai International Film Festival. Not only will acclaimed director Amir Ramses’ will be premiering his anticipated new film Cairo Time, but Legendary actor Nour El-Sherif will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Returning for its eleventh edition, The Dubai International Film Festival will be running from the 10th to the 17th of December. Making its world premiere at the festival is none other than rising filmmaking star Amir Ramses latest feature film Cairo Time.
At the young age of 35, Ramses has already completed four full length features including; 2006’s Akher El-Donya (The Edge of the World), 2007’s Kashf Hessab (Unpaid Bill), 2008’s Wara'et Shafra (The Code), and 2014’s Cairo Time. The acclaimed filmmaker garnered international accolades most recently for his two part documentary about the struggle Egyptian Jews faced under President Nasser. Returning to feature films, Cairo Time is a film that interlinks three stories in Cairo that take place on same day with comedic, romantic, and dramatic results.
Coincidently, the film stars Nour El-Sharif, who will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival, and who knows may find himself in contention to win another award depending on the reception of Cairo Time.
Proving that Egyptian cinema is alive and well four other Egyptian films will be featured in the official competition including; Out of the Ordinary by Daoud Abdel-Sayed (long feature), White Sugar by Ahmed Khaled (short feature), The Aftermath of The Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375 by Omar El-Zohairy (short feature) and Al-Matour by Ahmed Ibrahim (short feature).
Needless to say there is no shortages of Egyptian entries at this year DIFF, and no matter how well the films do it’s great to know that Egypt isn’t coming home empty handed largely thanks to lifetime efforts of Nour el-Sherif.
To read our interview with Amir Ramses about Jews of Egypt click here
To read our interview with Omar El-Zohairy click here