Cairo – Al-Dustour
Art critic Tariq El-Shennawy revealed the reason for his apology for not participating in the referendum to choose the best 100 comedy films, which was held recently in cooperation between the Association of Film Writers and Critics, and the administration of the Alexandria Festival for Mediterranean Cinema, noting that the mechanisms established for selecting films are unfair, and the list included work. He does not belong to the cinema at all, as he justified the absence of Mohamed Sobhi from the entire list.
Critic Tariq El-Shennawy explained, in a phone call to the “Cairo Talk” program, with the media, Khairy Ramadan and Karima Awad, on Al-Qahera Wal-Nas channel, that the festival in which this referendum participated is international and not local to choose only 100 Arab films, saying: “I felt that there was nothing wrong with that.” I agree with it and I feel uncomfortable.”
Critic Tariq El-Shennawy pointed out that the obvious mistake in the referendum to choose the 100 best comedy films was choosing Fawzia the bourgeoisie, continuing: “This film is a television, not a cinema, and it was in a hurry, and the films that won and in choices were unsuccessful due to the lack of clarity in the criteria.”
In response to the reason for the absence of any film by Mohamed Sobhi, he said: “Mohamed Sobhi is a theater artist of the first degree, but his cinematic presence is not the same glare, and he has been absent from cinema for nearly 30 years, and his genes are theatrical, and his absence in the evaluation of the best films is not a terrible transgression.” .
Prince Abaza, President of the Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries, responded to Tarek El-Shennawy’s remarks, stressing that there were 32 researchers and critics who participated in the Alexandria Festival’s referendum to choose the 100 most important comedian films in Egyptian cinema, pointing out that there are about 1,400 films in comedy cinema in Egypt.
Prince Abaza added, in a telephone interview, that the wonderful comedies out of 1,400 films will be about 250 films, explaining that the selection process may witness the forgetting of some distinguished films, and in the end choosing the best 100 comedy films is the responsibility of those who chose them.
He continued: “Egyptian comedians are shown every day and on screens, and we honor the Egyptian cinema and the Egyptian comedians wasting their right in festivals through this referendum,” noting that the presence of the movie “We are on the bus” on the list falls within the framework of black comedy films.
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