The opening ceremony of the 43rd Cairo Film Festival, which was held on Friday evening, witnessed a large presence of art stars and filmmakers.
The ceremony began with the appearance of the artist Khaled Al-Sawy, who presented a comedy segment with the participation of the artist Ali Rabie, about the role of cinema in supporting the culture of difference, then the media, Mona Abdel Wahab, appeared to present the rest of the ceremony.
This was followed by a speech by producer and scriptwriter Mohamed Hefzy, president of the festival, in which he confirmed that the support and encouragement he received over the years of his presidency of the festival was a great motivator for him to develop cycle after session, and added that art festivals, art stars and writers are Egypt’s soft forces, before the show was presented. A video clip in which the photos of the most prominent stars who left our world during the last period were reviewed, including Suhair Al-Babli, Ezzat Al-Alayli, Youssef Shaaban, Samir Ghanem, Dalal Abdel Aziz, and others.
Hefzy then invited the Egyptian Minister of Culture, Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, to open the 43rd session. In her speech, the minister stressed the state’s permanent support for culture and the arts, and her pride in the position the Cairo Festival had reached as the only Arab festival classified within the first category festivals of the International Federation of Producers in Paris. .
On the other hand, the brochures of the films participating in the international competition were reviewed, and the names of the jury of the same competition were announced, and the name of the head of the committee was the Serbian director Emir Kotsorica, who went on stage with a musical group.
This was followed by the great musician Hani Shenouda playing the song “Cinema Al-Hayat”, sung by the artist Hind Abdel Halim.
Then the artist Mona Zaki appeared, to present the artist Karim Abdel Aziz, who received the Faten Hamama Award for Excellence, in appreciation of his career. The award was handed to him by his companion Mona Zaki.
As for the Golden Pyramid Award for Lifetime Achievement, which was won by the great artist Nelly, it was presented by the great artist Samir Sabry, who brought back many memories that Nelly had collected over the course of their career.
It is noteworthy that the activities of the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival, which started on Friday, are scheduled to continue until December 5.
Next, while taking all precautionary measures in accordance with the guidelines of the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization, in order to ensure the safety of the participating filmmakers, the public and the festival team.
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