TheCairo International Film Festival entered its 29th year this week witha focus on war dramas like Danielle Arbid's
Thefestival also features a special tribute to Chinese cinema, opening with Zhang Yimou's House ofFlying Daggers.
MorganFreeman is expected as a guest along with French actress Leslie Caron, Germandirector Percy Adlon (Baghdad Cafe) and Russian director Karen Shakhnazarov(The Day of the Full Moon).
Highlightsinclude a Lebanese cinema section, including Arbid's2004 autobiographical film showing the country's civil war through the eyes ofa 12-year-old child.
Theevent comes at a time of increasing optimism on the Egyptian cinema scene. Oncethe paragon of quality filmmaking in the
Withfilm-makers plugging satellite channels to fund new features, Artistic DirectorYoussef Cherif Rizkallah said Egyptian producers are reaching for moresophisticated fare than the vapid comedies that have dominated in recent years.
Mother ofMine, (Äideistä parhain)
TheRussian Dolls, (Les poupees Russes)France,2005, Cedric Klapisch
Seeds ofDoubt, (Folgeschäden )
Who theHell's Bonnie and
In theName of God, (Daivanamathil
So Close,So Far,
Door ofthe Seven Stars, (La portadelle sette stele)
The Timeto Pick Up the Stones,
A New Dayin Old Sanaa, (Yom Jadeedfi Sana'a Qadeem )