ROME – Fatih Akin’s drama “The Cut,” about the Armenian genocide, will open the 36th edition of the revived Cairo Film Festival, which will run Nov. 9-18 after a period of hiatus due to Egypt’s political turbulence.
The prestigious fest was cancelled in 2011 and also in 2013 after a a rocky 2012 edition. Its customary timeslot used to be the first week in December.
Cairo, which is the oldest fest in the Arab and African worlds belonging to international fest org, FIAPF, is back with veteran Egyptian film critic Samir Farid at the helm as artistic director. Farid reviewed films for Variety out of Cairo between 1981 and 1985.
Besides announcing his opener at a Cairo presser Farid also announced that the fest this year will fete Egyptian golden age movie star Nadia Lutfy (pictured on the above fest poster) and Moroccan film critic Noureddine Sail, topper of Morocco’s Center Cinematographique Marocain. Both will receive Naguib Mahfouz Lifetime Achievement Awards.