FILE - Khaled Abdel Jalil
CAIRO - 12 February 2019: Advisor to the Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Egyptian Film Center Khaled Abdel Jalil praised the great interest of the Jordanian people in the Ismailia International Film Festival for documentary and short films.
The festival came to a closure in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
Abdel Jalil stated that the festival emphasizes the depth of the cultural cooperation between Jordan and Egypt, as well as the great progress achieved in the field of filmmaking.
The festival screened a number of animation and short feature films from Jordan, Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Greece and Slovenia.
Abdel Jalil also referred to the importance of the agreement signed between the Royal Film Commission of Jordan and the Egyptian Film Center, which allows the holding mutual film screenings between the two countries.
Furthermore, the agreement allows the Commission in Jordan to organize a periodic festival under the title "Days of the Ismailia Film Festival in Jordan", through which a selection of distinguished films from the participating list screen and are further discussed by pioneering names in the field of filmmaking.
It is worth noting that the award winning film of Ismailia Film Festival, "The Prisoner", directed by Bernadette Tozariter, screened during the festival’s opening ceremony.
The film revolves around an elderly lady that works as a house maid. The lady faces all kinds of oppressive behavior from the household members and does not get paid. The lady finally decides to run away and escape the dark life she lives in that house.