Egypt's 'My Girlfriend' to Participate in Venice Film Festival Contest
The short film will compete at the Venice Film Festival’s ‘Orizzonti Cortometraggi Concorso’, an international contest that highlights movies that represent the latest aesthetic trends.
‘My Girlfriend’ - a short film by Egyptian director Kawthar Younis - has officially been selected to participate in a competition during the 79th edition of Venice Film Festival. Starring Marc Haggar, Elham Safieddine, Fadel El Garhy and Sonia Farid, the film will compete under ‘Orizzonti Cortometraggi Concorso’(Italian for ‘Horizons Short Film Competition’), an international contest that highlights movies that represent the latest aesthetic trends.
The young filmmaker’s previous films have been locally and internationally acclaimed. Her debut feature-length documentary ‘A Present from the Past’, was screened at Cairo International Film Festival, and featured her own father. Her short film ‘About Separation’ was selected for Odense International Film Festival, Amman International Film Festival, Shnit Film Festival, and more. She also produced ‘The Other Cheek’, another short film that premiered at Gouna Film Festival.
Younis graduated from The High Cinema Institute in Cairo in 2015, and has since founded ‘Rewayat’ - an initiative aiming to spotlight new film narratives by women - alongside other female filmmakers from the MENA region.