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El Gouna Film Festival Honours Late British-French Star Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin will be celebrated not just as an iconic actress and singer, but as a symbol of freedom and innovation as well.

Farah Desouky

El Gouna Film Festival Honours Late British-French Star Jane Birkin

Months after her passing at the age of 76, British-French star Jane Birkin will be honoured with a special tribute at El Gouna Film Festival, which will hold its sixth edition from October 13th to the 20th.

The festival will feature four screenings of the late singer and actor's films, highlighting her remarkable journey from her ascent to stardom in the 1960s to her role as a symbol of rebellion, especially through her iconic song 'Je t'aime... moi non plus'. Released in 1967, the song was banned in several countries due to its perceived sexual content.

“In the ever-evolving landscape of cinema, it is essential to pay tribute to the trailblazers who have shaped the industry into what it is today,” GFF’s Artistic Director Marianne Khoury tells CairoScene. “Jane Birkin was not only an iconic actress and singer but also a symbol of freedom and artistic innovation. Her work transcended borders and generations, making her a timeless figure in the world of art.”

The featured films include 'Boxes' (2007), 'Jane B. For Agnès V.' (1988), and 'Kung-Fu Master! (Le Petit Amour)' (1988). The festival will also screen 'Jane By Charlotte' (2021), a feature documentary directed by Birkin’s daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, about their relationship.