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El Gouna Film Festival: Give Up The Ghost wins Greatest Arab Short Film

Amongst the principal kinds of the festival proved to be a brief film contest, which saw Examination (2019) from Sonia K. Haddad to take the Golden Star house, in addition to a prize of $15,000 ($13,709).

Ome (2019) by Wassim Geagea had been given the silver star, followed closely by Flesh (2019), which obtained the bronze decoration.

Egyptian manager Marwan Hamed, head of this brief film contest jury, emphasized the value of short movies, especially for young filmmakers to demonstrate they’re perspective and break barriers.

“In short movies, it is possible to see new abilities, raw abilities, excellent ideas, fresh views,” Hamed informed Euronews before this function. “Most of the time when you are performing a brief movie you are not fearful — this is extremely important since you don’t have limits.”

Give Up The Ghost wins Greatest Arab Short Film
The movie had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier this season and will shortly be revealing in Interfilm Berlin and the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco.

“I feel really lucky I can present my picture to individuals because that is the fantasy of any filmmaker,” Duraie informed Euronews. “It is not the awards, but it is simply being able to be in a festival such as Venice or even Gouna and revealing your movie for this sum of people and seeing their response.”

Give Up The Ghost tells the story of a few that cannot have kids. With a concentration on the spouse, Salam, the movie addresses the outside pressures of society, even if making private decisions.

Salam must discover the internal strength to take things into her own hands — a measure which Duraie simplifies.

“The message I wish to provide is that a girl has the freedom to picked her way outside […] she constantly gets the opportunity to show herself and should not be stuck in something poisonous just because society instructed her to become like this.”

Durrie was motivated to produce the movie with a similar real-life narrative told by her aunt. It made such a powerful impression on her that she decided she’d needed to do it.

“This has been a chance to return with a movie and say anything, I could not simply let go of it,” she explained.

Another matter that the film touches on is immunity to adoption, which Duraie additionally considers is a significant thing to highlight, especially in the Middle East.

“The vast majority of households continue to be obsessed with their DNA and adoption remains an extremely sensitive topic,” she added.

Directly or indirectly, lots of the short movies at this variant of GFF touch to the topic of parenthood and also the association between parents and their kids.
In Between: Parents for the return of the children in Kosovo
In Between (2019), a brief documentary by Samir Harahoda, reveals parents at Kosovo whose kids live overseas. In the expectation of the return, the parents assemble identical houses beside each other.

“They build them this way because they wish to provide the children the same, equivalent components,” clarified film distributor Ben Vandendaele who arrived at El Gouna to signify In Between.

When construction of these buildings is finished, the homes remain uninhabited since the kids only return to see and attend particular events, like weddings or funerals.

Vandendaele told Euronews he decided to encourage the movie from the very start. “I was instantly hooked on the idea since if you drive like from Prishtina into Prizren you find those identical homes so that I was quite intrigued.”

Even though the narrative is put in a particular community, Vandendaele considers that what rapidly captivates global audiences is that the universal family values connected to the narrative.

“Everyone would like to maintain their families not see everyone go away,” he explained.

The movie premiered in February at this year’s Berlinale since the first movie from Kosovo to be screened in the festival. Since that time, it’s been contained in the assortment of 25 other festivals and Vandendaele is tough for much more.

“The choices will last because we are just at nine weeks of screening, and so that is a really good average,” he explained. “That is the primary target, to have a fantastic festival run for a different year and meanwhile, I am suggesting it to TV channels”

Jetski: a boy who would like to give his father a final goodbye
As his daddy’s health worsens, Mido finds out his dad was a jet ski winner and decides to do anything he could to give his dad a fitting”last goodbye”.

Abd El Mawla, who directed and wrote the movie, said he’s always been moved from movies that explore the association between father and son. However, having Egyptian parents who migrated to Europe, also, he wanted his movie to get wider social issues.

“I did not want it to become very cheesy,” he informed Euronews. “I attempted to demonstrate a few poetic histories of isolation, migration, and having an obligation when you are young.”

Abd El Mawla added that using his movie shown at the El Gouna Film Festival, is”an honor,” especially because it is his family’s home country.

“My parents are back in Amsterdam at this time, texting me since they are very happy,” he explained. “It is something I am quite pleased with since [the movie ] does something to them, that is the most significant thing.”

Though the El Gouna Film Festival features global functions it also greatly supports Arab and domestic cinema-like This Is My Night, a movie directed by Yusuf Noaman and composed by Ahmed Ehab Abd el Wart.

Done with assistance from UNICEF, the movie tells the story of an underprivileged woman that has a kid with Down syndrome.

When both go for a stroll in one of Cairo’s high-level districts, the day does not go as intended.

“The film reflects the connection of culture involving poor people and individuals with Down syndrome,” clarified Noaman. “In Egypt, folks still do not possess the good civilization’ about those people.”

As a result of the absence of addiction, the principal characters face powerful conclusion throughout the movie, rather than having the aid of the others makes a very simple outing quite eventful.

“[The characters] have a good deal of requirements, and perhaps they had been simple requirements but they confront a lot of problems,” he explained.

Norman added that maintaining the bit as true to reality as possible has been among his priorities.

How in which the movie is taken, completely in Cairo’s roads with no usage of any studio, helped to attain this objective.

According to the manager, it took nearly two years to throw the personality of this young boy Amr and also a great deal of research was completed to be able to thoroughly depict his connection with his mother.

“I did lots of encounters with moms who have children with Down syndrome and together with the celebrity, to figure out how they felt towards their sons,” he explained. “It is a really special relationship”