Egyptian director Yousef Shahin withdrew his film Sukoot Hansawwar (Quiet, we Will Shoot) from the contest of the 28th Film Society Festival which started Sunday evening, the fact that aroused resentment among the jury members.
The head of jury Wahid Hamed expressed in a statement before a crowd his and the jury members’ resentment over the withdrawal of the prominent director. “We were hoping the prominent director to stay with us but we are sorry for his withdrawal without a known cause,” he said.
“I did not withdraw out of arrogance. I respect everybody but my decision for refraining from participation in contests was taken in 1997,” Shahin told the daily al Hayat.
6 out of 32 Egyptian films screened during the year 2001, will compete in the formal contest: Ula Thanawi (First Secondary) directed by Mohammed Abu Seif, Asrar al Banat (Girls Secrets) by Magdi Ahmed Ali, al Abwab al Moghlaqa (Closed Doors) by Atef Hatata, Ayyam al Sadat (Sadat Days) by Mohammed Khan, Gawaz Bi Qarar Gomhuri (Marriage by Presidential Decree) by Khaled Yousef and Muwaten Mukhber Wa Harami (Citizen, Detective and Thief) by Daoud Abdel al Sayyed.
The 6 films will compete for 13 awards for best film, actress, actor, scenario, direction, editing, music and etc.
At the closing ceremony, the festival will honor director Hussein Kamal along with Magida and Yousef Shaaban, and will announce the winners.
The event is headed by Mahmoud Abdel Samia, the head of the society, and is managed by the critic Yaaqub Wahbi – Albawaba.com