Among the participating films, "Elm el-Wosool" is the first Egyptian movie to screen at an international film festival since the beginning of 2019.
Toronto Film Festival has announced its film program which will feature several titles from the Arab region. The festival will take place from September 5 until 15.
The Egyptian film Elm el-Wosool (Science of Arrival) by Hisham Saqr is among one of the films participating in the discoveries film section in the upcoming edition of Toronto Film Festival. It is the first Egyptian film to participate in an international film festival since the beginning of 2019.
Another film participating at TIFF is Elm el-Wosool which has previously participated in the Final Cut film section of the 75th Venice Film Festival and won the la Francophonie award in the training department of Carthage International Nights Film Festival.
Egyptian actress, Basma, alongside Basant Shawky and Mohamed Sarhan will star in the film. Elm el-Wosool is co-produced by Mohamed Hefzi’s Film Clinic and Hisham Saqr’s White Feather.
In the same section, Lebanese Director Walid Mounis will participate with his first long feature 1982. The film received a support award from the last edition of El Gouna Film Festival in the post-production category.
Set in a private school on the outskirts of Beirut during the Lebanese war in 1982, the film stars a group of actors and Nadine Labaki plays the leading role.
Hind Boujemaa’s Nora Dreams starring actress Hend Sabry alongside a number of stars is another film that will be screened at TIFF.
Furthermore, four Arab documentary films will participate in the festival’s upcoming edition. These include El-Kahf (The Cave) directed by Firas Fayad.
Fayad’s latest film, The Last Men in Aleppo, made it to the final list of nominees for the Oscar’s best documentary award.
In his new film, he returns to Syria to highlight the work of a group of female doctors tirelessly treating injuries in an underground hospital during the siege of Ghouta between 2012 and 2015.
Other Arabic films that will screen at TIFF include Karim el-Sayad’s Ibn Ami el-Englizy (My English Cousin). The film follows the journey of the Director’s cousin, Fahd, who left Algeria to settle England in 2001.
Among the participating films is Ibrahim directed by Lina al-Abed and Paris Stalingrad directed by Hind Madab.