China visits the 29th Cairo Film Festival

  China visits the 29th Cairo Film Festival On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Chinese cinema industry with its worldwide productions, the 29th Cairo International Film Festival will have China as a guest of honour. Participating with 30 major moving pictures, of which two will be entering the competition, China will open the festival with a major 2004 production – House of Flying Daggers – directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Ziyi Zhang.
Mr. He Ping, acclaimed Chinese film director, awarded in many festivals (Berlin, San Sebastian, etc…) will preside the Festival’s jury.

Three special sections this year:
The first section entitled “International Cinema Stars of Arab Origin” will put under the spotlight directors, actors and producers who achieved success outside the frontiers of their mother country to reach the world. It will feature Swedish film Zozo (2005), by Lebanese-born Josef Fares, the story of a 10-year-old who leaves civil war stricken Lebanon for Sweden; Al-Janna Al-Aan (Paradise Now, 2005), a French, German, Dutch and Palestinian co-production directed by Hany Abu Assad focusing on two suicide bombers in Tel Aviv; Private (2003), an Italian production directed by Saverio Costanzo and starring Palestinian actor Mohamed Bakri as a pacifist English literature professor and father of five who finds his house turned into a military base by Israeli soldiers; Al-Khobz Al-Hafi (For Bread Alone, 2004), an Italian, French, Moroccan co-production directed by Rachid Benhadj based on a Mohamed Shukri novel; the Swiss, German, French film Snow White (2005) directed by the Iraqi-Swiss Samir Banout; the Canadian Promise Her Anything (1999) and French C'est pas moi, c'est l'autre (Police Thief, 2004), both directed by Alain Zaloum and produced by his brother Jean Zaloum and the American The Final Cut (2003), starring Robin Williams and Mira Sorvino, the directorial debut of the young Jordanian- American Omar Naim.

A 10 years “Panorama of Lebanese Cinema” will feature films of Assad Fouladkar's Lama Hikyit Maryam (When Maryam Spoke Out, 2001), Jean Chamoun's Tayf Al-Madina (In the Shadows of the City, 2000), Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's Al-Bayt Al-Zahri (The Pink House, 1999) and Samir Habchi's Al-E'ssar (The Tornado, 1992). The section “Political Leaders on Screen” , that the organisers meant to program “as a message of peace to the world” will be and will portray political leaders who made a difference facing war, terrorism and violence, and should be “a tribute to the past but also a message of hope to our new generations”. To note, Egyptian films “Nasser 56” by Mohamed Fadel and “Sadate” by Mohamed Khan. Babelmed editorial team
(29/11/2005)

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