Cairo Cinema Days 3
3ème édition


10-16 Avril 2019, à Zawya (Cinema Karim)

We’re thrilled to be launching the third edition of Cairo Cinema Days taking place between April 10th – 16th in Zawya (Cinema Karim) and Zamalek Cinema Launched in 2017, Cairo Cinema Days is a festival dedicated to showcasing contemporary award-winning and critically-acclaimed films from the Arab region.

This edition includes 30 films ranging from the latest fiction, documentary and shorts alongside classics and retrospectives.

– Event Films –

The Tower
Animation | Norway, Sweden, France | 2018 | Arabic | English | 80′
In contemporary Beirut, Lebanon, Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather Sidi was one of the first…

You Come From Far Away
Documentary | Egypt, Lebanon, Spain, Qatar | 2018 | Arabic, Russian, Spanish | English | 84′
Imagine that you have siblings, but aren’t able to talk to them because you don’t speak the same language. Imagine that you have parents, but you were raised without them. This documentary tells the e…

The Day I Lost My Shadow
Drama | Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar | 2018 | Arabic | English | 90′
Sana lives alone with her nine-year-old son, her husband working outside of Syria. In the cold Levantine winter, Sana goes out in search of a gas cylinder in the outskirts of Damascus, where she encou…

Documentary | Sweden, Norway, Germany | 2018 | Arabic | English | 88′
A minefield and the second largest military wall in the world separate this group of friends from the homeland that they have only heard about in their parents’ stories. The Sahrawis have been abandon…

Comedy | Sudan, South Africa, Qatar, Germany | 2018 | Arabic | English | 78′
Adnan is a Sudanese revolutionary and war hero. His love for his AK47 rifle is equalled only by his feelings for Lina, his long-suffering sweetheart. When Adnan is late to return to his military unit…

short film | Egypt | 2011 | Arabic | English | 13′
One night, Amr wanders alone in the streets of Bahari, the marginalized eastern shore of Alexandria. While collecting material for an art project, he is drawn to film a playful group of children. Two…

Sheikh’s Watermelons
Short | Tunisia, France | 2018 | Arabic | English | 23′
Sheikh Taher is well-known for being a godly and respected imam among his people. One day, he agrees to pray for the soul of a woman he does not know. It doesn’t occur to him that his act of piety wil…

Samouni Road
Documentary | Italy, France | 2018 | Arabic | English | 126′
On the outskirts of Gaza City, the Samouni family is about to celebrate a wedding. The bride and the groom, their brothers and cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees durin…

Omar Gatlato
Comedy | Algeria | 1976 | Arabic | English | 90′
Omar Gatlato (Boualem Benani) is a spirited young Algerian man living in an apartment with his family. Along with his friends, he listens to dance music, goes to parties, watches soccer matches and pi…

Freedom Fields
Documentary | Libya, United Kingdom, Netherlands, USA, Qatar, Lebanon, Canada | 2018 | Arabic, English | English | 99′
Filmed over five years, Freedom Fields follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fa…

The Asphalt’s Ghosts
Drama | Egypt | 1996 | Arabic | 120′
The story humorously focuses on the extended family of bachelor bus driver Sayed. His best friend, Ringo, a nice boy who indulges in violent hashish binges, is secretly engaged to Sayed’s sexually f…

Dear Son (Weldi)
Drama | Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar | 2018 | Arabic | English | 104′
Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exa…

A Wedding Day
Drama | Algeria, France | 2018 | Arabic, French | English | 15′
In this rich and assured portrait, a crime boss exiled in Algiers oscillates between his business, friends, and the boredom and melancholy of his daily routine…

Alkahf (The Cave)
short film | Egypt, South Africa, Macedonia | 2013 | Arabic | English | 23′
Adham, a young musician from Alexandria, travels to Cairo to pursue his musical career and rendezvous with his old friend, Amr, a member of his former band who has since attempted to settle down. The…

The Swing
Documentary | Lebanon | 2018 | Arabic, French, Italian | English | 74′
On the eve of his 90th birthday, life is hanging by a thread for Antoine as he anticipates the visit of his daughter who is on a journey in South America. His wife of 65 years, Viviane, also suffering…

Of Fathers and Sons
Documantary | Germany, Syria, Lebanon | 2017 | Arabic | English | 99′
Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Talal Derki, gains the trust of a radical Islamist family and films their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses mainly on the children, providing an ex…

Ila Ayn?
Drama | Lebanon | 1957 | Arabic | English | 81′
Ila Ayn?, the first film to represent Lebanon in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, is the only one of Nasser’s films of which a 35mm copy still exists at the CNC, in addition to a copy o…

Horror | Tunisia | 2018 | Arabic, French | English | 113′
Yasmin, a Tunisian journalism student, and her two friends Walid and Bilal set out on a university assignment to solve the cold case of Mongia, a woman found mutilated 25 years ago, now imprisoned in…

Short | Lebanon | 2017 | Arabic | English | 9′
A young woman becomes anxious at the news of the return of her disappeared husband…

Wild Relatives
Documentary | Lebanon, Germany, Norway | 2018 | Arabic, Norwegian, English | English | 66′
Deep in the earth beneath Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should disaster strike. Wild Relatives starts from an event…

Into Studio Masr
Documentary | Egypt | 2018 | Arabic | English | 95′
After decades of public sector management, Studio Masr is offered for privatization in 2000. A team of young cinema devotees embarks on the studio’s modernization adventure. Fifteen years later, they…

Tripoli Tide
short film | Lebanon, Egypt, UAE, Germany | 2018 | Arabic | English | 16′
Discovering new places with his father in the bay area of Tripoli, Lebanon, Youssef oscillates between feeling bigger and smaller in space…

Still Recording
Documentary | Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, France, Germany | 2018 | Arabic | English | 116′
Still Recording is a feature documentary that follows art students Saeed and Milad, who decide to leave Damascus and go to Douma, a suburb under rebel control. Over more than four years, the film depi…

I Love Cinema
Drama, Comedy | Egypt | 2004 | Arabic | 125′
Set in Cairo in the 1960s, I Love Cinema shows the daily life of an Egyptian Christian family. Adly, the father, is a conservative teacher whose fear of God has turned him into a fanatic. His wife, N…

Screwdriver (Mafak)
Drama | Palestine, United States, Qatar | 2018 | Arabic, Hebrew | English | 108′
Young Ziad is the star of the refugee camp basketball team in Palestine. Seeking revenge for his best friend, shot dead by Israeli Occupation Forces, he attempts to assassinate an Israeli settler, but…

Porto Farina
Comedy | Tunisia | 2018 | Arabic | English | 88′
Believing that his French girlfriend can’t have children, Aly returns to Tunisia to marry his cousin, promised to him by his family. But once home, things do not go as planned, prompting Aly to realiz…

Drama | France, Qatar | 2018 | French, Arabic | English, Arabic | 80′
Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provid…

Fallen Angels’ Paradise
Comedy | Egypt | 1999 | Arabic | 80′
Fallen Angels’ Paradise is an adaptation of a novel written by the Brazilian author Jorge Amado. The film revolves around a man who leaves his family and wealthy life to live with his friends in a low…

Drama | Lebanon, Iraq, France | 2018 | Arabic | English | 101′
Yara lives with her grandmother in a valley in northern Lebanon, where most of the inhabitants have either died or moved abroad. One day Elias, a young hiker, passes by the two women’s farm. With him,…

Erased, Ascent of the Invisible
Documentary | Lebanon | 2018 | Arabic, English | English | 76′
Lacking proof of life, yet never declared deceased, the fate of 17,000 persons who disappeared during the lengthy Lebanese Civil War remains in limbo more than 25 years after the war ended. Working wi…

The Gift
Drama | Tunisia | 2018 | Arabic | English | 20′
For their first wedding anniversary, Myriam, a conservative and veiled kindergarten teacher; decides to grant her husband Sabri, a taxi driver, a very strange gift by reconstructing her hymen and virg…

Look At Me
Drama | Qatar, France, Tunisia | 2018 | French, Arabic | English | 96′
The film tells the story of Lotfi, a Tunisian immigrant living in the French city of Marseille, where he has had the luck of opening a store selling electronics. There, he and his French wife, Sophie,…

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