The festival, which is a non-competitive event hosted by the Korea-Arab society, will screen over 10 films by various Arab directors.
Egyptian film Photocopy (2017) has been chosen to kick off the Arab International Film Festival, scheduled to take place from July 16-21 in South Korea’s capital, Seoul.
Photocopy previously represented Egypt in Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia. The film is directed by Tamer El-Ashry, and stars veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida, alongside Sherin Reda, Ali Tayeb, Ahmed Dash, Farah Yousef and Bayoumi Fouad.
The film narrates the story of an elderly man who, upon his retirement, decides to open a photocopying shop. He begins to re-discover life, his love for his neighbour and the people around him.
Photocopy premiered at the first edition of Al Gouna Film Festival and won the El-Gouna Golden Star Award for Best Arabic Feature Narrative Film. The movie also screened at the fifth International Arab Cinema Meetings in Marseille.
The festival will screen over 10 films by numerous Arab directors, with Photocopy being the only entry from Egypt.
The film festival devoted to Arab cinema is a non-competitive event hosted by the Korea-Arab society. Screenings will take place in cinema halls at the Busan Cinema Centre, a large complex that offers indoor and outdoor screening facilities.
Launched in 2011, the centre is also an official venue for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).