Ex-Banned Film to Represent Egypt at Alexandria Film Fest

Published September 4th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Egypt will participate in the official Alexandria International Film Festival, which kicks off Wednesday, with Al Na’ameh Wal Tawous (The Ostrich and the Peacock), which state censors banned for 30 years. 

According to AFP, the as-yet unscreened film, directed by Mohammed Yousef, will be among 10 films competing for the festival prizes. 

The father of the late director Salah Abu Seif has attempted more than five times to obtain a green light from Egyptian censors for the film, which is based on a scenario by Lenin Al Ramli. 

Abu Seif changed the film’s name many times, but not the content. The original name was Madrasat Al Jins (School of Sex) – which earned it an empahtic “no” from the censors.  

Other names for the film included Kaifa Tatazawwaj Wa Taa’ish Saidan (How to Get Married and Live Happily), Tazawwaj Wa Esh Saidan (Get Married and Live Happily), Madrasat Al Hubb (School of Love) and Dorous Fil Hubb (Lessons in Love). 

Algeria and Morocco are to participate in the festival with the films Al Mukabalah (Interview) by Francioa Jirar and Ali Zaoa by Nabil Ayyoush, respectively. 

Six Egyptian films will be screened at the festival, including Thayl Al Samakah (Fish Tail) by Said Hamed; Granita by Omar Abdel Aziz; Haffar Al Bahr (Sea Digger) by Adel Al Aasar; Al Na’ameh Wal Tawous (Ostrich and Peacock) by Mohammed Abu Seif; Lahathat Al Hubb (Love Moments) by Yousef Abu Seif; and Sayd Al Hitan (Whale Hunting) by Ali Abdel Khaleq. 

A total of 56 films will be screened during the first five days of the festival, including six Egyptian films, one Syrian film and five Moroccan films. Asian cinematography and films of Cinema Dogma will be also screened. 

The festival management will offer for the first time a prize named after Suad Hosni for the best Egyptian actress, while the best actress from the Mediterranean region will be offered a prize bearing the name of Faten Hamamah - Albawaba.com  

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