The Luxor African Cinematography Festival kicked off its tenth session Friday night with the removal of technical paragraphs accompanying the opening, taking into account mourning in Egypt for the execution of 32 people and dozens of injuries in a two-train collision that occurred hours ago.
The Luxor Festival of African Cinema opened its tenth session on March 26, which was held in the Karnak Temple with a minute of silence for the souls of the martyrs of the collision of two trains in the Sohag Governorate. The artistic paragraphs were revoked by order of festival director and director Sayed Fouad and festival director director Azza al-Husseini in mourning for the lives of the victims.
Announcers Tasnim Rabeh and Maryam Al-Farjani then presented the opening ceremony in Arabic and French, followed by Festival President Sayed Fouad giving his speech, which began with a thank you to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for sending him to the Ministry of Culture and dr. Inas Abdel-Dayem for sponsoring the festival, as well as thanking all the sponsors and all those who have contributed since the beginning of the festival to reach the tenth session today and overcome the challenges that this meeting has met this year.
Festival director Azza Al-Husseini hailed the festival team for their belief in the idea and dream and wished the cinema would reopen its doors.
After that, the festival’s activities began with film screenings and symposia for decorations, including Egyptian actress Nadia El-Gendy, Egyptian actor Mohy Ismail and Egyptian actor Samir Sabry.
Egyptian actress Nadia El-Gendy said at a symposium held as part of the festival activities and in the presence of Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hamida and director Magdy Ahmed Ali: “I thank the festival for honoring me and I am very proud of this honor and I wish success to them and for any festival that contributes to the industry and shows that Egypt has culture, civilization and art, so I decided to come and support the festival, especially because it supports our relationship with African countries.I am proud of the festival and pride in our country. “
And she continued, “There are a lot of stops in my career because the rise and success in art comes from a love of the profession, and if you don’t love art for its age, it’s a tough equation, and art doesn’t love a partner and I’ve sacrificed for art, but it has given me a lot and I do not regret taking some things away from my personal life because the love of the Crowd has replaced me a lot. “
She added: “My life started with boring roles and their blood was short, but they served me with art and gave me an experience through which I could stand in front of the camera, especially since I started doing art at 13 For years and more than 10 years, I wanted to achieve what I wanted in art, and I didn’t give up after the period when Egyptian stars traveled there to work in Lebanon, which affected cinema, and while I was an open fashion boutique, I waited to the opportunity I longed for, and believed it would come, because art was all my thinking all the time. “
And she continued, “I was offered a small role in the film Miramar, and director Kamal Al Sheikh told me: Hit me, Shadia, but I didn’t agree. He told me that the scene must appear as if you were devouring it and already entered and devoured her so that my nails left marks on her body, so I felt sorry for her and told her that the director had asked me to do so. ”Because of my success in the role, international writer Naguib Mahfouz asked about me and warned the then public and critics, especially since the matter came along with the broadcast of the Al-Dawama series.
She stated that she decided not to take on small roles after that, and she wanted to penetrate the field of production, so producer Jamal Al-Laithi told me he has an exhibition film, and I’m very happy that he gave considers a mug bulb because it has all the capabilities to make a star appear, and through it I can draw all my energy as an actress and I paid £ 1,500 at the time.
She added: “Some doubted my success and said I succeeded because the film is a showman and has a dance, so I decided to challenge and play in the film Shawq and appeared through the film with a gala, after which I produced the film Yali Yali, and I got tired of the production because it needs a lot and a lot of focus.She revealed that she married Mohammad Mukhtar and decided it was produced for her, starting with the film Al-Batiniya, despite the problems of the topic, but he was excited and started working.
About the title of crowd star, she said: The title People Launched and I didn’t give myself a title, and the title was given to me by my fans, the business and the success at the box office.
At the symposium of the artist Samir Sabry, one of the winners of the festival, he initially expressed his happiness
With his presence and honor at the Luxor Film Festival, he shows that he attended the festival for the first time during the Cairo Film Festival in 2015, the last film of his friend, the late artist Nour al-Sharif, and also attended the second session at which honored the late Jamil Ratib, and stressed that the Luxor Festival is very important for African cinema and has witnessed the birth and development of the festival in recent years.
Sabry explained that he suggested that a week be spent during the festival to make Egyptian film marketed in Africa, and the president and director of the festival accepted his proposal.
Samir Sabry stressed that African cinema is very important, and expressed happiness that the festival honored him at its tenth session, and that there are those who remembered him after this honor and felt that his artistic and media career was not in vain. .
Artist Mahmoud Hamida said: “I have been watching Samir Sabry’s films for a long time and he added elements of singing and media to his representative activities, and I followed him when he spoke at public forums or seminars and other things, and he only saw it radiate joy , and it is known to be a history of cinema and Arabic singing. ”Nearab has a very broad culture, but on a personal level it has filled my life with joy and optimism.