19 pix vie for Pyramids

Fest to screen more than 200 films

CAIRO — The 28th Cairo Film Festival, set to run Nov. 30-Dec. 10, will feature three new Egyptian films in a 19-film competition for the top Grand Pyramid Prize.

Egyptian films include “Freedom Searchers,” from director Inass El-Deghedy, about three Arabian girls looking for relationships in France; “Cholesterol Free,” reflecting director Mohamed Abou-Seif’s 15-year experience in the ad world; and Khaled Youssef’s romantic drama “You Are My Life.”

Arab competish films are Tunisian Mohamed Zran’s “El Amir” (The Prince); Galaly Farahaty’s “Memory in Detention,” from Morocco; and Algerian Kamal El-Dahan’s “The Suspects.”

New Arab Cinema will feature 11 Arab films screened in other fests this year.

The Cairo fest, headed by Cherif Shoubashy, will screen more than 200 films from 30 countries and highlight Italian cinema this year, with 40 recent and classic Italo films set to unspool and more than 60 members of Italian entertainment biz attending.

Italian director Pupi Avati heads the jury, with Cinecitta prexy and producer Carlo Fuscagni helping out as jury member.

A symposium Dec. 2, conducted by the European Coordination of Film Festivals, will discuss the difficult issue of distribution of Euro films in Egypt and Egyptian films in Europe.

Bruce Davis, exec director of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, is expected to attend the fest for the first time.

Unreleased American films in Egypt such as “Adaptation,” “Big Fish,” “The Missing” and “Lost in Translation” are slated to screen.

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