Among the stars of the festival’s opening ceremony today, Thursday, is Mohamed Ramadan, who will present the song of the fifth session with the participation of an Arab singer, and star Yousra, member of the advisory committee, will be keen to attend, and Laila Elwi, Ilham Shaheen, and a group of Egyptian stars.
The artist, Ahmed El-Sakka, will be honored with the Creative Achievement Award, in recognition of his long film career, and a number of cinema icons will also be honored, during the opening ceremony of the El Gouna Film Festival 2021, including Palestinian Mohamed Bakri.
The ceremony is scheduled to be presented by the media and artist Nardine Farag, who has previously participated in the festival during the past years, and has gained great fame during her presentation of singing competition programmes.
In its new session, the El Gouna Film Festival will screen 37 feature films, 15 documentaries, and 23 short films, in addition to six films within the special screening program.
Among the most prominent films participating in the festival are the film Booth No. 6, by Finnish director Juho Kosmanen, “Waqi’ah” by French director Audrey Diwan, “One Second” by Chinese director Zhang Bemo, “Ali Your Voice” by Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch, and “Costa Brava” by Lebanese director. Mona Akl.
The festival will screen seven Egyptian films, including “Feathers” by Omar Al-Zuhairi, who won the Critics’ Week award at the Cannes Film Festival, “Princess” by Mohamed Diab, who won three awards at the Venice Film Festival, and “Moon 14” by Hadi El Bagoury.
The El Gouna Film Festival witnessed exciting events before its opening, most notably, a fire broke out next to the Plaza hall designated to host the opening ceremony of the fifth session of the El Gouna Film Festival, and caused material damage without causing human losses, and it was brought under control in a short time.
The press conference of the El Gouna Film Festival was held on time, and Engineer Samih Sawiris confirmed that this fire will not affect the opening ceremony of the El Gouna Film Festival, and it will be held on time, corresponding to the evening of Thursday, October 14.
The director of the El Gouna Film Festival was also keen to retrieve Al-Tamimi for the reconciliation of the artist, Yusra, on the sidelines of the press conference. He apologized to her in front of everyone and hugged her to explain to her that what had happened was just a misunderstanding and nothing more.