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23rd Alexandria International Film Festival 2007
23ème édition

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The 23rd Alexandria International Film Festival is due to begin on September 7 through 11, 2007. Taking part in this session are 5 Arab Mediterranean countries, namely Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

– This session is dedicated to the memory of Egyptian scriptwriter Abdel-Ha’i Adeeb who died in June 2007.

– To be a shown is a number of movies reflecting modern perspectives in Turkish cinema.

– The AIFF will pay tribute to Italian producer Mauro Martino, French director Florence Companie and Tunisian actor Lotfi al-Abdeli.

– Tunisian scriptwriter/director Djilani al-Saadi will be AIFF’s guest of honor, together with his compatriot Aneesa Dawood,

– To be paid tribute to is Moroccan director Fawzi ben Seidi, and Swiss director of Algerian descent Nasser Bekhti.

– French lawyer Jacques Vergès, husband of Djamila Bouhired, the renowned Algerian freedom fighter, who joined the National Liberation Front to repel French occupation troops will be guest of honor.

– An Algerian night will be held in this session.

– 20 short feature and documentary films will be competing for the Feature Digital Film Prize.


Participating films

Five Arab Mediterranean countries, namely Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria are taking part in the 23rd Alexandria International Film Festival. The participating films are as follows:

Lebanon
Falafel: A film by Michel Kammun. It gives us an insight into the thoughts of Lebanon’s post-civil war generation and its struggle to find a place for itself away from persecution and disintegration.

Morocco
« What a Wonderful World »: A film by Fawzi ben Seidi. Steeped in political symbolism, it tells the story of a hired killer, who falls in love with a policewoman. At the end, both are dead.

« Women’s Road »: A film by Fareeda Borqueyah, it focuses women’s conditions in Morocco and the Arab world.

« Sea Winds »: Directed by Abdel-Hai al-Iraqi, the film is about a sailor who seeking revenge from drug tycoons.

« The Bicycle »: A film by Hamid Fareedi

Tunisia
« Between the Valleys »: A film by Khaled al-Barsawi, it tells the story of a girl who runs away from an arranged marriage on the eve of her wedding to be with her sweetheart.

« Madness »: (The cinematic version) Directed by Fadhel al-Jaeibi, it deals with the schizophrenic condition prevailing in Arab societies. The film takes deep into a punishing excursion, showing us the underworld of the poor and the discarded, and how easily they can be made to embrace extremist and fundamentalist thoughts.

« The Wolf’s Wedding »: A film by Jilani al-Saadi, it portrays the suffering of the discarded and the depraved in Arab societies. It tells the story of four young people, poor and unemployed, who opt for violence and revenge.

Algeria
As the Arab world’s cultural capital in 2007, Algeria has been chosen to be the guest of honor of the Alexandria International Film Festival.

« 10 Million Centime »: Directed by Bashir Darabes, the film tells the story an engineer who is forced to borrow money to cover the expenses of surgery for his father. The money he discovers belongs to a terrorist group who threatens to kill him if he does not follow its instructions to kill innocent people.

« Shadows of the Night »: A film by Nasser Bakhti, it shows the suffering of immigrants. The film won a prize from the 7th Rotterdam Arabic Film Festival.

« Moratorium »: Directed by Okasha Twita, the film re-visits Algeria’s security problems in the 1990s.

« Women’s Abode »: A film directed by Mohammad Showeikh, it deals with terrorism.

Egypt
As the host country, Egypt participates with 15 films.


Competition of Digital Films

20 short feature films and documentaries compete this year for the first time over a prize for Best Digital Film.


Official Section: Out of Competition

« Last Film »: The film is shown as part of the tribute paid to Tunisian director Nouri Bozaid, who is chief jurist this year. The film shows the despair and loss suffered by Arab youth at present.

« Winds of the Dam »: A film by Tunisian director Nouri Bozaid, it deals with the illusions of masculinity.

« Plates of Gold »: A Tunisian film, it deals with political persecution.

« Clay Dolls »: A Tunisian film, it deals the human trafficking.

« The Battle of Algeria »: by Gillo Pontecorvo in 1966, The film tells the story of the battle to control Algiers in 1957.

« Lawyer of Terror »: Directed by Barbet Schroede, the film is a biography of controversial French lawyer Jacques Vergès, who joined the Algerian National Liberation Front.

English

The 23rd Alexandria International Film Festival is due to begin on September 7 through 11, 2007. Taking part in this session are 5 Arab Mediterranean countries, namely Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

– This session is dedicated to the memory of Egyptian scriptwriter Abdel-Ha’i Adeeb who died in June 2007.

– To be a shown is a number of movies reflecting modern perspectives in Turkish cinema.

– The AIFF will pay tribute to Italian producer Mauro Martino, French director Florence Companie and Tunisian actor Lotfi al-Abdeli.

– Tunisian scriptwriter/director Djilani al-Saadi will be AIFF’s guest of honor, together with his compatriot Aneesa Dawood,

– To be paid tribute to is Moroccan director Fawzi ben Seidi, and Swiss director of Algerian descent Nasser Bekhti.

– French lawyer Jacques Vergès, husband of Djamila Bouhired, the renowned Algerian freedom fighter, who joined the National Liberation Front to repel French occupation troops will be guest of honor.

– An Algerian night will be held in this session.

– 20 short feature and documentary films will be competing for the Feature Digital Film Prize.