A satirical presentation of a number of Egyptian comedians on the poster for the 38th edition of the Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries, designed by cartoonist Amr Fahmy
AFFMC screens a total of 77 films – from 29 countries – in its long and short story competitions, as well as unofficial competitions and parallel programs.
The festival, which runs until October 10, hosts a number of different activities such as film screenings and talks. The films will be screened at several different venues, including Sheraton El-Montazah Hotel, Horreya 1 and 2 Shopping Malls, El-Horreya Creative Center, Spanish Cultural Center, Alexandria Workshop, Japanese University Egyptian and the faculty of mass communication of the university of the pharaohs. .
The 38th edition of the AMCFF is named after Egyptian star Mahmoud Hemeida, who is due to give a masterclass on Sunday, as part of the festival’s activities.
The opening will see the screening of the rare 16-minute film Barsoum Yabhath A’an Wazifa (“Barsoum Seeks a Job”, 1923) as well as El-Khatib Nemra 13 (“Fiancé Number 13”, 1933).
The 38th AMCFF will pay tribute to many artists, including Egyptian director Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, Egyptian actress Donia Samir Ghanem, Egyptian historian Emam Omar, Egyptian producer Wageeh El-leithy, Egyptian director Said Hamed, the French actress Marriane Borgo, Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti, and Egyptian actress Nora Armani.
Special tributes will be paid to deceased Egyptian artists. The list includes director Fatin Abd El-Wahab, musician Ali Ismail, cinematographer Abeya Farid and editor Said El-Chiekh, as well as actors Samir Ghanem, Dalal Abdel-Aziz, Ismail Yassin and Samir Sabri.
The International Honoree program will also pay special tribute to the Spanish director Carlos Saura by screening several of his films such as Ay Carmela (1990), Cría Cuervos (1975) and Elisa Vida Mía (1977).
Competitions, films and juries
This year, the Long Narrative competition includes 14 films: A Tale in Damascus (Syria), Beirut Holdem (Lebanon), I Cassomortari (Italy), Insurrection (Tunisia), Luger (Greece), Mother Lode (France, Italy, Switzerland) , Planeta (Spain, USA), Sava (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia), Soula (France, Algeria), The Conversation (Croatia), The Merchandise (Morocco), The Rumble of the World (Greece), The Space Among Us (Slovenia) and The White Fortress (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada).
Chaired by Egyptian director Khairy Beshara, the Narrative Competition jury includes Bosnian director Miroslav Mandić, French director Brice Cauvin, Italian director Giuliana Gamba and Syrian actor Ahmed Al-Ahmed.
Twenty-one films are in competition in the Short Films competition. The short film competition jury is chaired by Montenegrin critic Maja Bogojevic and includes Greek director Maria Lafi, Italian director Enrico Cerasuolo, Egyptian director Hala Khalil and Tunisian director Chaqra Rammah.
Many films will be screened as part of the Panorama programme. In addition, there will be screenings of films participating in unofficial competitions such as the Nour El-Sherif Competition for Arab Feature Films, the Student Film Competition, the Mamduh El-Laithy Screenwriting Competition, and the Fund of Nations Competition. short films for young people.
With Tunisia as guest of honour, the festival honors Tunisian producer Hassan Daldoul for producing the first Tunisian-Egyptian film. It also honors Tunisian producer Lassaad Goubantini for being among the biggest distributors of Egyptian films in Tunisia.
The program also includes the holding of an exhibition of Tunisian-Egyptian cinema photos, as well as the screening of several Tunisian films such as Rebëlote Machki w’ Âoued (2020) and other rare films.
As well as polling critics on the top 100 comedy films, the festival will also see the release of a number of books by prominent authors like Walid Seif, Atef Beshay, Tarek El-shennawi and Ahmed Saad El-din.
The festival is organized by the Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics led by its president El-amir Abaza who celebrates his 10th anniversary at the head of the festival.
AFFMC is sponsored by the Egyptian Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Social Solidarity, as well as the Governorate of Alexandria and many private companies.