The 12th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival will be held from February 4 to 10, with the participation of 55 films from 30 countries, including Morocco.
This year’s session is organized under the slogan “Cinema of Eternity of Time”, and Morocco will be represented in it by two films in the feature film competition and the short film competition, which are, respectively, “The House of Poetry” by its director Malika Maalainin and “The Star of March 2020” by director Laila Mesfer.
The film “The House of Poetry” tells the story of a house that left a solid mark in history, culture, and the Hassani heritage, whose features are difficult to obliterate with the passage of time.
As for the film “The Star of March 2020”, it tells the story of a star in her thirties, who comes from Brussels to Casablanca on a work mission. At her father’s request, she visits her grandmother, whom she has not seen since she was twelve, and whom she does not know. Najma is about to leave, but an unexpected event forces the two women to stay alone in the same house…
During a press conference, the festival management announced the names of the members of the feature film competition jury, which included, in addition to Moroccan actress Amal Ayouch, Senegalese director Mansour Swar Wade, Tunisian director Dina Shamha, Egyptian screenwriter and novelist Abdel Rahim Kamal, and screenwriter and producer Mohamed Hefzy.--
As for the short film jury, it consists of Senegalese journalist and director Omi Nador, Tunisian director Latifa Daghri, and director Paul S. Willow from Zambia, and artist Karim Kassem from Egypt, while the jury of the “Diaspora” film competition includes director Rashid Masharawi from Palestine, producer Dora Bouchoucha from Tunisia, and actor Ahmed Magdy from Egypt.-
During this year’s festival, in which Senegal will be the guest of honor for its 12th session, the Egyptian artist Hala Sedky, the Egyptian artist Mohamed Ramadan, the musician Hisham Breyeh, the Senegalese director Mansour Swar Wade, and the Mozambican producer Bidour Bimna will be honored. The centenary of the great Egyptian artist Salah Mansour will also be celebrated.
Among the activities of this session is the launch of the producers’ platform in Luxor, which aims to create a link between film production companies, independent producers and project owners in one forum, including panel discussions and lectures.
The Luxor Festival will screen in its next session (11) films in the feature film competition, (13) films in the short film competition, and (7) films in the Diaspora competition.