India to participate in the Cairo Int’l Film Fest
Cairo : India will participate with three movies in the 38th Cairo International Film Festival, which will run from 15th to 24th November.
The movies will participate in three different categories in the festival.
“The Narrow Path” by Satish Babusenan and Santosh Babusenan will be screened in the International competition, while “Half Ticket” by Samit Kakkad will be screened in the International panorama category. The third movie is “Lipstick Under My Burka” by Alankrita Shrivastava which will be shown during the Festival of Festivals competition.
“I welcome the Indian participation at the Cairo International Film Festival as I truly believe that Bollywood and Egyptian Cinema must have even closer links and the participation of movies in festivals in each other countries is one way of doing this,” India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya told PTI.
A group from the team of each movie will also attend the festival to see their productions in competition.
The Indian artistes who will attend this year include Satish Babusenan and Santosh Babusenan, Samit Kakkad, amphitheatre Jaisinghani, Sanjay Memane, Anmol Bhave, Alankrita Shirvastas and Charu Shree Roy.
“I look forward to the visits of directors and producers and the team of the movies and I hope that they will have much closer interaction with their Egyptian counterparts, so that we can get to the next phase of the cooperation between India and Egypt which should include shooting in each other’s countries. I want Indian cinema to come and shoot her in Egypt like they used to in the past and also Egyptian cinema go to India. I would then like to see joint productions,” the Ambassador said.
Rakesh Kawra, the Acting Director of the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture in Cairo said, “We have three participating movies this year. One of them, which is “Lipstick Under My Burkha” has already participated in many festivals around the world and gained great success.”
Over 200 films in different categories will be screened during this year’s edition of the festival and Chinese cinema will be the guest of honour, Magda Wassef, President of CIFF said in a press conference yesterday.
CIFF is one of the 14 most important film festivals in the world, and the only one in the MENA region, to be accorded category “A” status by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).