Among the approved procedures is a free examination to detect the emerging corona virus for guests.
The festival management also announced during the press conference, in which the festival’s activities were presented about 3 weeks ago, its commitment to applying social distancing measures and occupying exhibition halls by only 50%, in implementation of the decisions of the Egyptian Cabinet.
Hefzy pointed out that the decrease in the number of films participating in the festival came as a result of the decline in cinema production in the world in general due to the “Covid-19” epidemic, explaining that the Egyptian posts amount to 10 films, distributed among the various competitions of the festival, considering it a “great achievement” for Egyptian cinema.
This year, 84 films from 48 countries will participate in the festival. Among the films participating in the international competition are “Curfew” by Amir Ramses, “About them” by Islam Al-Azazi, and the documentary “Long Live Captain” by Mai Zayed.
As part of the “Arab Film Horizons” competition, the Egyptian director, Nisreen Al-Zayat, is participating in the documentary “On Peace.”
Films that won international awards also participate in the session, including “There is No Evil” by Muhammad Rasulov, winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival, “Exile” directed by Vissar Morena, winner of the “Heart of Sarajevo” at the Sarajevo Festival, and “Nomads. “By Chloe Zaw, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
According to information published by the festival’s management, the Golden Pyramid Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to the Egyptian writer Waheed Hamed, and the British writer and director Christopher Hampton. The festival will donate the “Faten Hamama” prize for excellence to the Egyptian actress, Mona Zaki.
The jury of the international competition for the festival is chaired by Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov.
During the opening ceremony, the British-French film “The Father”, directed by Florian Zeller, will be shown and starring Anthony Hopkins.
The festival also celebrates the centenary of the birth of the Italian director Federico Fellini, by displaying a group of his works and by holding a photo exhibition behind the scenes of his films by Italian photography Mimo Catarinic.
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