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CAIRO – 25 February 2018: The Netherlands Flemish Institute in Cairo will screen four short movies that received awards from the Shnit Worldwide Film Festival on Sunday.
The first movie is the Russian American short movie "LENINGRAD" which is directed by Ilya Naishuller. The four-minute short movie displays a group of sad events in a Russian circus.
The second is the Belgian short movie "Empire", directed by Kristof Hoornaert; the movie follows the life events of a normal family in the modern times, and its duration is 14 minutes.
Directed by Paul Philipp, the 29-minute German short movie "The Peculiar Abilites of Mr Mahler" tells the story of Mahler, a special investigator with paranormal abilities, who is hired by the police to solve the case of a missing six-year-old, Henry Kiefer, before his disappearance leads to political tensions with the West.
The 10-minute short movie "GRATIS" revolves around an elderly couple who were lucky enough to win free shopping for 60 seconds because they were the 100000 customer in a supermarket. Despite their luck, unexpected problems happened.
The Netherlands Flemish Institute will screen the three winning shorts that were part of the Shnit Realtime Competition; “I hope you like me now” directed by Sondos Tarek, “Against My Wall” directed by Ahmed Fouad and “Not Geo” directed by mostafa Hisham. Wael Omar, the director of Shnit’s Cairo Playground, and the short movies' filmmakers will hold a discussion after the screening.
It is worth mentioning that Egyptian actor Ahmed Malek was chosen by Shnit International Short Film Festival (SISFF) in 2017 to be a jury member of the competition alongside with famous script writer Tamer Habib and Egyptian director Mariam Abu Ouf.
SISFF is an ambitious and bold festival that is dedicated especially to short movies. It presents its films in five continents at the same time, bringing together more than 40,000 filmmakers and film lovers in a way that rarely occurs in a festival. In its last edition, the international competition included 100 short films competing in four sections, attracting short-film makers around the world.
Malek’s latest movie was “Sheikh Jackson,” which was the opening movie for the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival, held from September 22 to 29. The film also screened in the 61st London Film Festival, which kicked off on October 4. Egypt has selected Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson” as its candidate for consideration at the upcoming edition of the Oscars, set to take place in February 2018.