The 43rd edition of Cairo International Film Festival has taken place from November 26 to December 5, showcasing 98 films from 63 countries. The opening ceremony, which was held at the Egyptian Opera House, witnessed a large number of Egyptian, Arab, and foreign superstars and filmmakers, as well as a large number of journalists, media professionals, and prominent individuals.
The superstar Khaled El-Sawy presented a comedy segment in participation with Ali Rabie, discussing about the role of cinema in supporting different point of views. After that, the TV presenter, Mona Abdel Wahab, continued to present the rest of the concert.
This was followed by a speech by the producer and scriptwriter, Mohamed Hefzy, president of the festival, where he confirmed that the encouragement and support he received over the years kept him going to make the festival meet the standards that everyone is expecting. A video clip demonstrating photos of the most prominent stars who have recently left us was displayed, including Suhair Al-Babli, Ezzat Al-Alayli, Youssef Shaaban, Samir Ghanem, Dalal Abdel Aziz, and others.
After that, Mona Zaki took the stage to present the Faten Hamama Award for Excellence to the superstar Karim Abdel Aziz, in appreciation of his career. He added that Monza Zaki was the right person to present the award to him as she was the first actress he has ever worked with in “Edhak, Elsoura Tetlaa Helwa.”
As for the Golden Pyramid Award for Lifetime Achievement, Samir Sabry was the one to present it to Nelly, whose speech has brought back many happy memories that they shared in the past.
The Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most regular festivals in the Arab world and Africa. It is the only festival in the Arab and African region registered in Category A in the International Federation of Producers in Paris (FIAPF).
It is worth mentioning that Mohamed Mamdouh won the Best Actor award for his exceptional performance in the Egyptian film, “Abou Saddam,” while the Tunisian superstar, Dhafer L'abidine won the Best Director award for his Tunisian film, “Ghodwah.”
Let’s have a look at some of the top looks at CIFF43: