The jurors will evaluate the nominated films using the Festival Scope digital platform, which is a partner of the ACC.
European Film Promotion (EFP) and Arab Cinema Center (ACC) have announced the list of European films that will be competing in the fourth Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films.
With the aim to discover the Arab world, EFP and the ACC launched the Arab Critics’ Award for European Films in 2019 dedicated to European cinema.
The list includes 23 European films, where 76 Arab critics from 15 countries will watch the films on Festival Scope, the digital partner platform. The list of finalists will be out soon, and the winner will be announced at the 44th Cairo International Film Festival, which will take place from November 13–20.
The new critics who have been added to the jury for the Arab Critics Awards for European Films include Ahmed Gasmi (Tunisia), Arwa Tageldeen (Egypt), Amal Magdy (Egypt), Ayah Tantawy (Egypt), and Hossam Sayed (Egypt).
Speaking about the nominations, Sonja Heinen, Managing Director of European Film Promotion, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to show a fine selection of 23 films from 23 countries throughout Europe to such a distinguished jury of Arabian film critics. It is a pleasure and an honour to continue our partnership with the Cairo International Film Festival and the Arab Cinema Center to make European cinema visible in the Arab world.”
Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab co-founders of Arab Cinema Center, added: “We are happy with the fourth edition of the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films, which is launched in partnership with European Film Promotion and the Cairo International Film Festival. The announcement of the Arab Critics Awards for European Films during CIFF has grown in prominence, adding prestige to the films that win.”
Hussein Fahmy, President of the Cairo International Film Festival, stated: “We were pleased to present the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films during the Cairo International Film Festival in prior years. It’s our pleasure to continue for the third consecutive year, as it aligns with one of the festival’s primary objectives, which is to introduce the audience to the best of international cinema production.”
The selected film include Dog, A Ballad, A Long Break, Beautiful Beings, EO, Gentle, Il Boemo, January, Kalev, Magnetic Fields, Matter Out of Place, Moja Vesna, Landsbergis, Nelly & Nadine, Rabiye Kurnaz Vs. George W. Bush, Safe Place, Saint Omer, The Happiest Man in the World, The Woodcutter Story, To the North, Unrest, Unruly/Ustyrlig, Victim, and Working Class Heros.