Starring Egyptian actors, the plot follows a doorman who lives in an abandoned villa until an interaction with a neighbour changes the trajectory of his life.
Cairo International Film Festival, which is scheduled to take place from November 13-22, has selected the Egyptian film 19B by director Ahmed Abdalla for its International Competition.
Produced by Film Clinic, 19B is headlined by Sayed Ragab, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Nahed El Sebai, and Fadwa Abed.
The film follows the story of a doorman who leads a reclusive life in the abandoned villa that he guards. One day, he finds himself forced to face a situation with a person who lives on the opposite street, which will mark a turning point in his life.
Speaking about the film, Hussein Fahmy, Festival President of Cairo International Film Festival, said: “The film was loved by the festival’s programmers, which made us keen on including it among CIFF’s lineup of films for its International Competition. We are looking forward to the screening of the film as we are positive that it will be well-received by the audiences and film critics alike.”
Amir Ramses, Festival Director of Cairo International Film Festival, commented: “The film’s director Ahmed Abdalla is best known for his titles that always scored unprecedented success in international and regional festivals, garnering every time international awards.”
He noted: “Abdalla’s films have always been part of CIFF’s film lineup. His films Microphone, Heliopolis, and Décor have previously screened at Cairo International Film Festival. His latest win was scored by Exterior/Night that received the Best Actor Award at the festival’s edition in 2018.”