The Cairo Industry Youth Days will also feature a Costume Design workshop from El Adl.
Egyptian Costume Designer Reem El Adl will take part in the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival, which will run from November 26 to December 5.
She will join the festival’s International Competition with Nadine Khan’s Abu Saddam, marking the only Egyptian film to be selected at the competition. In addition to that, she will give a Costume Design workshop that is held as part of Cairo Industry Youth Days.
Recently, El Adl joined El Gouna Film Festival and Carthage Film Festival (JCC) with her short film Khadija, directed by Mourad Mostafa. Furthermore, she co-instructed the Costume Design workshop, along with prolific American costume designer Deborah Landis, who worked on the costume design of a number of significant Hollywood works. She also gave a Masterclass within CineGouna activities on Costume Design moderated by director Hala Khalil.
Written and directed by Nadine Khan, Abu Saddam will land its world premiere at the festival. The film stars Mohamed Mamdouh and Ahmed Dash and revolves around a veteran truck driver, who finally gets a transport mission on the North Coast Road after being unemployed for years. He decides to fully accomplish his task in a way that befits his reputation. However, things get out of control when he encounters a small situation on the road.
The Cairo Industry Youth Day programme is held as part of Cairo Industry Days. It is a one-day workshop offered for the first time at (CIFF) and dedicated to students who are enthusiastic about films and eager for knowledge to begin their career in the movie industry, with the help of the guest speakers who will share their knowledge to help bridge the gap between the academic world and experience.
El Adl will hold a workshop on Costume Design where a wide array of film industry key figures will take part, including director Tamer Mohsen, veteran production designer Onsi Abu Seif and actor Asser Yassin.
She posted a behind-the-scenes photo with director Nadine Khan on her official Instagram page where she expressed her jubilation that her film will join CIFF. Previously, El Adl collaborated with prominent director Magdi Ahmed Ali on Mawlana; Amr Salama on Sheikh Jackson; Mohamed Diab on Clash and Hala Khalil on Nawara. In addition to that, she teamed up with Ahmad Abdalla on EXT. NIGHT, for which she received the Best Costume Design award at the Egyptian National Film Festival where her film Al Daif, by Hadi El Bagouri, was vying for an award too. And the list still goes on.
Earlier this year, Alexandria Short Film Festival selected Costume Designer El Adl as a jury member at the festival’s latest edition in 2021. This comes as part of her continuous support to young filmmakers and her wide interest to participate in short films, where she has taken part in designing costumes for eight short films last year.
El Adl worked on more than 30 films and TV series. She studied Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts. After working as an assistant costume designer in several films and TV series, she trained with veteran costume designer Nahed Nasrallah for a whole year. Afterwards, she received her diploma from The Accademia Italiana Arte Moda Design in Florence, Italy.
Marking her first experience in designing costumes for a play, El Adl’s latest work is the musical play titled Coco Chanel. Recently, she designed the costumes of the latest Ad of Orange, El Gouna Film Festival’s official sponsor. Furthermore, El Adltook part in two episodes of Shahid’s serial drama Nemra Etnen; namely Farq Tawqeet by director Hadi El Bagouri, and Awel Embareh by director Muhamad Shaker Khodeir.