CIWFF to screen ‘Untitled’

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Sat, 03 Mar 2018 - 10:27 GMT

A scene from “Untitled” movie - Cairo International Women’s Film Festival facebook page

A scene from “Untitled” movie - Cairo International Women’s Film Festival facebook page

CAIRO – 3 March 2018: The “Untitled” movie will screen at the Goethe Institute on Sunday, March 4 and at Zawya cinema on Wednesday, March 7.

The screenings come as a part of the 11th Cairo International Women’s Film Festival.

The movie came out of the sudden death of the Austrian director Michael Glawogger in April 2014. After his death Monika Willi, his longstanding collaborator and editor, decided to make a film out of the footage Glawogger shot over the course of 4 months and 19 days in the Balkans, Italy and North and West Africa.

"I want to give a view of the world that can only emerge by not pursuing any particular theme, by refraining from passing judgment, proceeding without aim. Drifting with no direction except one’s own curiosity and intuition,” Stated Michael Glawogger in the movie.

“Untitled” is an interesting journey of trying to observe, listen and explore new experiences. The movie shows to what extent serendipity is the concept and the only rule applicable in editing and creating the film just as it was in the shooting.

This year, the CIWFF is hosting a group of films directed by students from La Fémis cinema school in Paris, which is considered one of the most important cinema schools in Europe. In addition to screening five student films, the school’s Head of International Affairs Julie Tingaud will give an introduction about the school, its vision and activities.

The Cairo International Women’s Film Festival started for the first time in 2008. It was tailor made to present films made by female filmmakers, encouraging more female filmmakers to make their movies. CIWFF is concerned with offering a new type of cinema - not the familiar commercial films - to the Egyptian audience.

Lebanon was chosen by the festival management to be the guest of honour for its 11th edition. This is the first time for the festival to have an Arab country as the guest of honor, this is because of the unique Lebanese filming experience, and most important because of the leading role played by female filmmakers in this country cinema production.

The 11th edition of the festival will present a new project dedicated to supporting female filmmakers in their post-production stage which is the Rough-cut workshop that is scheduled to host six Arab films. The six female filmmakers behind these films will be meeting a jury of experienced women filmmakers to guide them through the development stages of their films. At the end, the festival will grant the winning movie with post-production support.

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