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Cairo/Canadian-Media: The 42nd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday 2nd of December, media reports said.
Cairo International Film Festival. Image credit: Website
Despite the travel obstacles imposed by the Corona Virus, the festival colorful opening ceremony at Cairo Opera House on Dec 2 was participated by many celebrities from Africa and beyond and more than 200 foreign guests.
The President of the festival, Mohamed Hefzy, thanked the Egyptian state for adhering to the return of life to normalcy, especially the Egyptian Ministry of Health, which supervises the health insurance of the festival with the participation of a team up to 120 people.
International stars such as Sir Christopher Hampton and Rufus Sewell came to present the Opening Film : The Father, directed by Florian Zeller.
Raya Abirached, the Lebanese TV presenter and celebrity journalist at MBC was happy to attend and will hold an in-conversation with Rufus Sewell on the 5th of December at the Opera
In observance of the centenary this year of the Late Italian director Federico Fellini, one of the most prominent directors in the history of cinema, restored copies of four of Fellini's most famous films would be shown on the stage during the event.
The event honored Other figures in the film industry who were honored during the event were the British play -and screenwriter and director Sir Christopher Hampton who won a Lifetime Achievement Award and Whahid Hamid, Egyptian author and screen writer and Mona Zaki, multiple award-winning superstar who took home the Faten Hamama Excellence Award for her work in Cinema.
A video message from the directors of the three most important festivals in the world (Cannes, Berlin and Venice) were played by Mohamed Hefzy during his speech which revealed thier welcoming their participation in the opening ceremony of the festival. The video also praise the challenge that the festival president and his team took to make the ceremony a success.