The film is the first Egyptian feature-length narrative confirmed for the 2020 edition of the festival.
Egyptian director Amir Ramses’s film Curfew, whch is set to release later this year, has been selected for the official competition of the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival. This is the first Egyptian feature-length narrative film confirmed for the 2020 edition of the festival.
Set in Fall 2013, Curfew follows the story of Faten, who was released from prison after serving two decades due to committing a horrible crime. The curfew declared during that time forces Faten to spend one night with her daughter, Laila, who faces her mother with a second trial in search of answers. The night passes with both women trying to accept one another.
Commenting on the development, Amir Ramses said: “Cairo International Film Festival is the best start for the film’s journey.”
Assuring that the crew did not hesitate for a moment to postpone it after its world premiere in the 42nd edition of Cairo International Film Festival. Ramses said he is content to be back for the official participation in Cairo International Film Festival after 15 years of the screening of his first feature film End of the World in 2005.
Ramses explained that Curfew was made for the Egyptian public, and therefore its first screening at the Cairo International Film Festival is the proper launching of the film before it is officially released in theatres by the end of this year.
Mohamed Hefzy, Festival President, said that the audience of the Cairo International Film Festival is always interested in any participation of an Egyptian film in the international competition. “It is a challenge that the jury undertakes every year to choose the right Egyptian film that will represent the Egyptian cinema internationally and able to compete amidst the most important films of the year internationally. This was achieved at the 42nd edition of the world premiere of the feature film The Curfew.”