Cairo's Panorama of the European Film announces its line-up

Winter Sleep among the films at two main venues, including new arthouse screen Zawya

Events and Festivals, Egypt

Cairo's Panorama of the European Film announces its line-up

Cairo's autumn European film rendez-vous is back with award-winning titles from all over Europe at two cinemas: Galaxy and new arthouse screen Zawya. The seventh edition of the Panorama of the European Film, an event founded by Egyptian producer and filmmaker Marianne Khoury and held by Misr International Films (MIF), runs from November 19 to 29.

Cinema lovers in the Egyptian capital will thus be able to see this year's Palme d'Or winner, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep, as well as Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt from Denmark (Best Actor in Cannes), Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida from Poland (Best Film in London, FIPRESCI prize in Toronto) and Hans Petter Moland's In Order of Disappearance from Norway (competed in Berlin). Also in the programme are Andreas Prochaska's The Dark Valley from Austria, Paolo Virzi's Human Capital from Italy (Best Actress in Tribeca), David Trueba's Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed from Spain (awarded several Goyas) and Zaza Urushadze’sTangerines from Estonia (Best Director in Warsaw). There will also be screenings of Edgar Reitz' Home From Home from Germany, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank starring a mask-wearing Michael Fassbender and, finally, Thomas Lilti's Hippocrates from France.

In the Emerging Directors section, there will be French-Algerian filmmaker Yann Demange's '71, a film set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and Slovenian director Rok Bicek's Class Enemy. Festival goers will be able to see Kurdish-Norwegian director Hisham Zaman’s Before Snowfall, Serbian filmmaker Ivan Ikic's Barbarians, Lithuanian director Ignas Jonynas' The Gambler, Polish filmmaker Grzegorz Jaroszuk's Kebab & Horoscope and Rodrigo Sorogoyen's Stockholm from Spain.

The Documentary Rendez-vous is to include Marc Bauder's Der Banker : Master Of The Universe (Locarno Critics’ Week prize) about the financial crisis, Sergey Loznitsa's Maidan about the 2013 and 2014 popular uprising in Ukraine and Julie Bertuccelli’s The School Of Babel, which follows students of different nationalities in a reception class at a Parisian school. Chloe Ruthven's The Do-Gooders explores the impact of decades of foreign aid in Palestine, while Rachel Beth Anderson and Timothy Grucza's First To Fall follows a group of young civilian expatriates on their eight-month journey to "liberate" Libya. In Journey to the Mount Tomor, filmmaker and actor Iljir Selimosk sets off across Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania to find out more about the Sufi order to which his grandfather belonged. As for Swedish-born Anna Eborn’s Pine Ridge, it has been reviewed as a contemplative film about the life of the Lakota people in the Native American reservation of the same name.

The Panorama is also to feature films by German director Wim Wenders, a Swiss Focus to include Ufuk Emiroglu's documentary My Father, The Revolution And Me, and a series of Dutch short films. 

In a new Carte Blanche section, Egyptian directors Ahmad Abdalla, Nadine Khan and Yousry Nasrallah chose to screen French director Fancois Truffaut's The 400 Blows, Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's Gertrud and Hungarian director Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse. A Panorama Classics section is to show Happy Anniversary and The Great Love.

Several of these films will be screened at matinees at Cairo's Cinema Stars and Cinema Plaza for school children to attend. The festival thus keeps up its focus on film education, after seminars with school teachers last year.

There will be no Arab or Egyptian films in the Panorama's programme this edition, unlike last year, but this is because MIF now has a year-round venue to screen them, explained organisers at a presser on Wednesday: the Zawya screen at the Odeon in downtown Cairo, which is notably acting as one of the Panorama's main venues this year. Since its opening last March, Zawya has, for example, screened Wajda, Zero, Ladder to Damascus, early works by Abdellatif Kechiche, Rock the Casbah, Stable Unstable, and even Death for Sale as part of Cimatheque's latest film criticism workshop. The Panorama can therefore revert to showcasing European films.

Instead, Marianne Khoury told the press, in an effort to bring more Arab films to Europe, MIF is now thinking about bringing its Zawya programme to London, and perhaps Paris and Spain.


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