Sunday, January 25, 2015

News: 3rd Edition of Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival (24-31 January 2015)


On its 3rd edition starting on 24th of January, Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival shows 66 films this year and dedicating this edition to the late great Egyptian actress and legend Faten Hamama who passed away on 17th of January 2015.

The opening ceremony will be at Luxor temple where also a silent film by Ernest Lubitsch “The wife of the pharaoh” produced in 1922. According to Dr. Mohamed Kamel El Kaliouby (President of Noon Foundation – the Film Festival organiser) “Shortly after the premier in 1922, the film disappeared and its parts were scattered all over till last year when a restoration project managed to put it back together again and it will be screened for the first time again in Luxor Temple at the opening night and once again during the film festival at Luxor Culture Palace on Wednesday 28th of January.”

This year, the French feminine cinema is the guest of honour and there will be tribute to the Egyptian actress Libliba besides celebrating the centenary of Egyptian film director Salah Abou Seif and the centenary of Egyptian director Kamel Al Telmesany.

Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival offers a wonderful firsthand experience this year for the audience, not just by screening the long lost film “The Wife of the Pharaoh” but also with screening of the Golden Globe winner of “Best Foreign Film” in January 2015, the Russian film “Leviathan” (screened at Luxor Culture Palace on Sunday 25th of January and at Luxor conference Center on Monday 26th) by Andrey Zvyagintsev which made it to the short list of nomination for the Oscar this year.     Get ready for dialogue between cultures and civilizations..

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