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El Gouna – “Al Quds Al Arabi”: After the controversy that sparked the screening of the movie “feathers” at the El Gouna Festival, and accusations by some of insulting Egypt, the administration of the El Gouna Film Festival issued a statement saying:
Over the past four years, El Gouna Film Festival presented many activities in the field of promoting cinematic art and revitalizing Egyptian tourism. The festival is held in cooperation with the Red Sea Governorate and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior, which confirms the festival’s belonging to and loyalty to Egypt.
The El Gouna Film Festival appreciates and cherishes all filmmakers in the world for their creativity and distinguished cinematic experiences. The festival team selects films based on their artistic and cinematic quality only according to the standards of international film festivals.
And this year, in its fifth edition, the selection of the film “feathers” by the Egyptian director Omar Al-Zuhairi came in line with the criteria for selecting films, based on the successes he achieved in some international forums, whether he won the Grand Prize of the International Critics’ Week at the largest international festivals, the Cannes Festival. It is the first Egyptian film to receive such a prestigious award. It also won the Grand Prix of the Pingyao Festival in China yesterday. It was also selected to be shown at the Carthage Film Festival in its next session. The Egyptian Ministry of Culture honored the film and its team in an event held Before the start of the El Gouna Film Festival.
Therefore, his selection to screen at the El Gouna Festival was part of the interest in the Egyptian issue in the artistic and cultural fields globally, especially since in the 125-year history of Egyptian cinema, an Egyptian film has not received an award of this importance. According to the opinions of many Egyptian and international critics, the film takes place in an unspecified time and place, and therefore the film cannot be downloaded more than what it came with. In any of his different shows, whether inside or outside the official competition.
El Gouna Festival affirms that it supports world cinema and art in general and the importance of taking its place within the global map of festivals. The festival is proud that it is an Egyptian festival held on the land of Egypt, which has the utmost respect and appreciation in everything that belongs to the festival.
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