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All You Need to Know About the 41st Edition of CIFF



The 41st edition of CIFF which is dedicated to the late Egyptian film critic and multi-year festival artistic director, Yossef Cherif, kicks off tonight at the Cairo Opera House and until the 29th of November with so many cinematic surprises coming your way.

10 days of cinematic events, 10 days that will include the screening of 150 film from all genres and from across the world and even though the films hail from 63 countries, the festival still focuses on representing the Arab cinema by having 20 selections in the lineup from the MENA region.

“For this year’s edition, we are planning an exciting lineup with many gala screenings,” said CIFF President Mohamed Hefzy. “More importantly, we are targeting a surprising international world premiere; something that has not happened at CIFF for many years.”


The opening ceremony of CIFF will see the stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud as the hosts.

The festival will honor filmmaker Sherif Arafa and legendary star Menna Shalaby by awarding them the Faten Hamama Honorary Award for their lifetime’s achievement.

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More masterclasses and in-conversations announced on the list of the the highly anticipated 2nd edition of Cairo Industry Days! Hurry up and register for your early bird accreditation for 400 EGP instead of 600 EGP, ending tomorrow. المزيد من المحاضرات والحوارات تنضم لجدول أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما! اذا كنت من العاملين بصناعة السينما، قم بالتسجيل المبكر في أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما مقابل ٤٠٠ جنية مصري بدلاً من ٦٠٠ جنية حتي يوم ١٥نوفمبر. اضغط على الرابط للتسجيل:اعتماد-أيام-القاهرة

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Legendary director, screenwriter and actor Terry Gilliam will also be honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, during the opening ceremony of the festival.

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This is a special tribute to cinema, storytelling and exceptional imagination! We are happy to announce honouring legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam, the maverick behind "Monty Python", "Brazil", "12 Monkeys" and many others, with the festival's prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award". Fans will also get the opportunity to hear from the director during Cairo Industry Days' in-conversation event at the Cairo Opera House. إنه احتفاء بالسينما والحكي والخيال الاستثنائي.. يسعدنا أن نعلن تكريم صانع الأفلام الأسطوري تيري جيليام، الساحر الذي صنع "مونتي بايثون" و"برازيل" و"12 قردًا" وغيرها، بجائزة فاتن حمامة التقديرية عن مجمل أعماله. وسيتاح لجمهور السينما وصناعها الاستماع لجيليام في جلسة نقاشية تُعقد بدار الأوبر المصرية. #CIFF41

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The ‘Irishman‘ will be the opening movie of the festival, which is the Middle East debut of legendary director Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award-winning actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

A jury of the finest international talents, including Oscar-winning American screenwriter and director Stephen Gaghan, Italian screenwriter and director Daniele Luchetti, Moroccan producer Lamia Chraibi, and Chinese actress Qin Hailu, will be the ones deciding the winner of the coveted Golden and Silver Pyramid awards for best film and best director respectively.

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We’re proud to announce that the Middle Eastern premiere of Martin Scorsese’s crime epic, The Irishman, will be screened for the public on Thursday 21st at 1 pm @ Cairo Opera House, Grand Hall. Free tickets will be available starting 9:30 AM, on a first come first serve basis. #CIFF41 يسر مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي الإعلان عن عرض فيلم إفتتاح المهرجان "الأيرلندي"، من إخراج مارتن سكورسيزي، للجماهير يوم الخميس ٢١ نوفمبر. علماً بأن العرض مجاني، وبأسبقية الحضور. التذاكر ستكون متاحة بدئاً من الساعة ٩:٣٠ صباحاً.

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Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member for the Best Arab Film Award, While actress Hanan Motawie will be a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and last but not least, Hana Shiha will be the jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

Finally, if you’re looking to take part in this huge event and be present to witness history being made, you can now purchase all event tickets through Tazkarti’s website.


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20 of the Most Anticipated Movies in 2020




2020 is the year when your patience finally pays off and the most anticipated films finally land in theaters, starting with the next James Bond film, no time to die, to the long-awaited follow-ups to Bad Boys and Coming to America! If you’re a movie enthusiast like us, then the following list was made for you!

Here are the most anticipated movies of 2020:


The Grudge (2020)
Directed by: Nicolas Pesce
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, John Cho, Demian Bichir, Lin Shaye
Opening on: January 3, 2020

Bad Boys for Life (2020)
Directed by: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence
Opening on: January 17, 2020

Dolittle (2020)
Directed by: Stephen Gaghan
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard, John Cena
Opening on: January 17, 2020

The Gentlemen (2020)
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding
Opening on: January 24, 2020


Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)
Directed by: Cathy Yan
Starring: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Ball, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Opening on: February 7, 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Directed by: Jeff Fowler
Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough
Opening on: February 14, 2020

Fantasy Island (2020)
Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Charlotte McKinney, Michael Peña, Michael Rooker
Opening on: February 14, 2020


Mulan (2020)
Directed by: Niki Caro
Starring: Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Gong Li
Opening on: March 27, 2020


No Time To Die (2020)
Directed by: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch
Opening on: April 8, 2020


Black Widow (2020)
Directed by: Cate Shortland
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz
Opening on: May 1, 2020

Legally Blonde 3 (2020)
Directed by: TBD
Starring: Reese Witherspoon
Opening on: May 8, 2020

Scoob (2020)
Directed by: Tony Cervone
Starring: Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Frank Welker, Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg
Opening on: May 15, 2020

Fast & Furious 9 (2020)
Directed by: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson
Opening on: May 22, 2020

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)
Directed by: Tim Hill
Starring: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. Lawrence
Opening on: May 22, 2020


Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig
Opening on: June 5, 2020


Free Guy (2020)
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jody Comer, Joe Keery, Lel Rel Howery
Opening on: July 3, 2020

Minions 2 (2020)
Directed by: Kyle Balda, Brad Abelson
Starring: Pierre Coffin
Opening on: July 3, 2020

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2020)
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Starring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd
Opening on: July 10, 2020


The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2020)
Directed by: Michael Chaves
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian Hilliard
Opening on: September 11, 2020


Escape Room 2 (2020)
Directed by: Adam Robitel
Starring: TBD
Opening on: November 30, 2020


The Croods 2 (2020)
Directed by: Joel Crawford
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone
Opening on: December 23, 2020

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Ramy Youssef Wins Golden Globe and Amazes the Audience With his Humble Speech




Egyptian-American Ramy Youssef won the first Golden Globe of the night, for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his show Ramy, and then took the stage and said: ‘I would like to thank my God. Allahu akbar. Thank you, God’

Being just a newbie to Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general, his win might come as a surprise but it is indeed a remarkable achievement that he made it in such a relatively short time.


The Egyptian-American comedian later joked about his own win in the press room saying: “I was just happy they pronounced it [his name] right.”

“I was like, is Jennifer Aniston going to be able to pronounce this name? And she did it! Maybe it was Reese [Witherspoon], it was all a blur.” He added.

Even though Ramy Youssef isn’t the first Muslim to win a Golden Globe, it is indeed news worth celebrating not only for the beautiful way he reacted to his win, but also because at the moment, he’s working on Season two of Ramy for Hulu with the help of another Muslim who also previously won a Golden Globe, Mahershala Ali.


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Will The Arabic Version of ‘Jane the Virgin’ Meet Our expectations?




The first episode of ‘Al Anessa Farah‘ aired last night and as someone who is a big fan of the original series, I have had my doubts but watching the first episode actually met some of my expectations but more questions remain unanswered.

The series follows the life of Farah whose life gets turned upside down after she gets accidentally inseminated, which brings us to concern number one which is how this is relevant to our culture? Also, Farah is an accident child who never met her father, bringing us to concern number two.

The first episode was actually fun and even more hilarious than the original series, but seeing how the original reflects a totally different culture than ours is what had us confused and eager to see how they will adopt it to our norms and culture.

The series features the superstars Asma Abulyazeed, Rania Youssef, Mariam El Khosht, Ahmed Magdy, Mohamed El Kilany, and Heba Abdelaziz. 

The cast is definitely one of the highlights of the series, they all match the original characters but with the usual touch of Egyptian humor.

The series started airing on MBC 4 and you can also binge watch it on Shahid.

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