The 4th edition of Luxor Arab and European Film Festival will open with the Palestinian film 3000 Nights for director May El-Masry, with the screening to be held at the Luxor Culture Centre.
This year's festival runs from 30 January to 5 February.
The film centers on a young newly-wed Palestinian school teacher who is jailed in a top -security Israeli prison where she eventually gives birth.
3000 Nights premiered in September 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
“Whats new in this edition of the festival is an Arab competition, as well as European countries participating for the first time,” said the festival’s artistic director, film critic Mohamed Atef at a press conference on Sunday.
This year 50 films are participating from 30 countries in the official competition as well as the festival’s various sub sections.
Executive director of the festival Wadid Shoukry stated that “Technology will play a huge role in the upcoming edition, as audiences will be able to watch films and follow events online through the festival’s official website.”
Shoukry added that the festival’s closing will be held at Karnak Temple.
For this edition, Egyptian actress Lobna Abdel-Aziz was selected as honorary president of the festival.
“I am very happy with the festival and the vibrant activity on the cinema scene, and I hope this edition will help tourism after it’s big contribution to Egyptian and regional cinema,” Abdel-Aziz said at the presser.
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