The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will screen the classic Arab films 'Khaly Balak Mn Zuzu' and 'Gharam Fl Karnak'.
The Red Sea International Film Festival is working towards restoring two classic Egyptian films in collaboration with Arab Radio and Television Network (ART), the Egyptian Ministry of Culture’s investment holding company for cinema, and the Media Production City in Egypt. The two restored classics — Gharam Fl Karnak (1967) and Khaly Balak Mn Zuzu (1972) — will be screened as part of the film festival’s second edition.
The restoration is part of Red Sea International Film Festival’s commitment to the film industry.
Gharam El Karnak is a musical adventure featuring Egyptian dancer Mahmoud Reda and his folk dance troupe as they travel across Upper Egypt. Meanwhile, Khaly Balak Mn Zuzu is a household favourite amongst Egyptians, following a family of entertainers and the titular character Zuzu – played by Souad Hosny – who tries to keep their profession a secret from her own social circle.
Speaking about the films, Antoine Khalife, Director of Arab Programmes & Film Classics, said: “We are proud to contribute to the restoration of two great masterpieces of Egyptian cinema, each of which had an unprecedented impact on spectators and on society. Souad Hosny is in the heart of the entire Arab population and the great choreographer and dancer Mahmoud Reda has made Egyptian dance shine throughout the world.”
Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of Red Sea International Film Festival, added: “This initiative demonstrates our commitment to preserving film heritage, as well as supporting the creation and development of new films. These restored Arab classics showcase some of the best of Arab film heritage and are bound to bring joy to audiences who are already familiar with the stories, as well as giving the films a new lease of life by bringing them to new audiences.”
The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will run from December 1-10, 2022.