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Cannes puts spotlight on Egypt

Lineup includes screening of '18 Days'

BRUSSELS — Cannes gets political this year with the choice of Egypt as its first ever guest country. The tribute will celebrate recent reforms in public life as well as Egypt’s long cinema history, the fest said Thursday.

The main event is a screening of the film “18 Days,” shot on a shoe-string by 10 film makers in the months following the country’s revolution on Jan. 25 this year.

Compilation brings together stories witnessed, heard or imagined by the filmmakers, who include Sherif Arafa, Yousry Nasrallah and Marwan Hamed.

The Egyptian lineup also features a new copy the 1968 movie “The Postman” by Hussein Kamal, which plays in the Cannes Classics selection, and new film “Le Cri d’une fourmi” by Sameh Abdel Aziz.

The fest has also announced two special screenings with a militant flavor.

In “The Big Fix” docu-maker Josh Tickell covers the Gulf oil spill. Peter Fonda produces.

Meanwhile, “Plus jamais peur” by Mourad Ben Cheikh examines the recent Tunisian revolution.

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