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Arab Participation Weak at London Film Festival

Published September 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

Only three Arab movies will be shown at the 44th London Film Festival next month, reported ‘Al Sharq Al Awsat’ newspaper. 

Out of 196 narrative films and 65 documentaries, the three movies represent only two Arab countries; Morocco and Egypt. 

From Morocco, director Moman Smeihi presents Tawareekh Maghribiah (Moroccan Histories), starring Aisha Mahmah and Tarek Jamil.  

Meanwhile, Egypt’s two movies are Atef Hatata’s Al Abwab Al Mughlaqa (Closed Doors), starring Mahmoud Himeida and Sawsan Badr and Al Madina (The City), directed by Yusra Nassrallah and starring Rushdy Zeem and Bassem Samra. 

Meanwhile, the festival’s opening ceremony, which is November 1st according to chairman Adrian Wutin, will witness American director Cameron Crowe’s latest film Almost Heros, starring Patrick Fojet, Phillip Seymour and Kate Hudson. On the other hand, the closing ceremony’s movie, a British production, will be David Cain’s Romantic by Birth starring Ian Hart and Jean Horox. 

The festival, which is rich in culture, will also include Woody Allen’s Young Rascals, starring Hugh Grant and Tracy Ullman and Duets, directed by Bruce Paltrow and starring his daughter Academy Award winning actress Gwenyth Paltrow – 

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