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Cairo's First International Film Critics Festival

Kicking off yesterday the first ever local film festival dedicated to the more analytical side of things is a film buff's dream. Check out our highlights for the coming week...

Staff Writer

Cairo's First International Film Critics Festival

Having kicked off yesterday, the first ever Cairo International Film Critics Week will be running until Monday, November 17th, at the Cairo Opera House as a subsection of the Cairo International Film Festival. This new leg of the festival packs a punch with a selection of eight internationally renowned movies and a series of panel discussions, talks and seminars on the art of Egyptian and international film.

There are two movie showing slots at 4pm and 10pm every day. Every night's film will be replayed in the 4pm slot the following day to give those busy at night the chance to catch it again. At the same time, events are running across the city, including a panel discussion on how to become a film critic at the Higher Council of Culture at 6pm on Thursday 13th November and a two-day seminar on Egyptian Cinema and Film Genres at the Oriental Hall at AUC on the following Friday and Saturday, running from 10am to 3pm on both days.

After last night's big opening event featuring a ceremony and the opening film Dancing with Maria, Ivan Gergolet's masterpiece will be shown once again today at 10pm. Beforehand, Tinatin Kajrishvili's Brides premieres at 4pm.

Later on this week, Japan's Kohei Igarashi premieres his Hold Your Breath Like a Lover, Serbia and Croatia unite to showcase Vuk Ršumović's No One's Child, Yassine El Idrissi presents a collaboration of Morocco, Egypt and the Netherlands in The Iranian Film and Maya Vitkova's Viktoria brings a Bulgarian-Romanian cooperation to the silver screen. On Sunday 16th, the schedule changes to show Spain's Lois Patino's Costa da Morte. On Monday, the festival closes with the showing of Coast of Death, another Lois Patino classic. The grand closing ceremony will see the jury award the Shadi Abd El Salam prize for best film (50,000 LE for the director), and the Fathy Farag Prize for best artistic contribution (25,000 LE).