Egypt’s short movie ‘ Isabel’ to have its world premiere at Cairo International Film Festival



Sat, 28 Nov 2020 - 12:20 GMT


Sat, 28 Nov 2020 - 12:20 GMT

File: A scene from the short movie “Isabel”.

File: A scene from the short movie “Isabel”.


CAIRO - 28 November 2020: Egyptian short film, “Isabel”, by Egyptian director Sara Shazli is set to have its world premiere as part of the Cinema for Tomorrow competition at the upcoming 42nd edition of Cairo International Film Festival, which is scheduled to kick off on December 2.
Also, the official poster and trailer of the film are announced as part of its pre-release campaign.
The film tells the story of Isabel, a shy and introvert little girl who lives with her workaholic mother.
To take care of her daughter, the mother hires a maid who lives full time at home.
After years of living together, Isabel experiences her first heartbreak. 
Isabel is produced by Escuela Internacional de Cine y de Television (EICTV, Cuba).
The film stars Elaine Bertlán Lemus and Claudia Tomás Fuentes, and is written by Malena Céspedes Guarini and Sara Shazli.
The crew includes cinematographer Nohely Flortiza Barahona, sound designer Nayuribe Montero Jiménez and editor Elisa Chen Hsiao.
Sara Shazli graduated from the American University of Paris with a degree in film studies, she also did the three-year program at the International School of Cinema and Television (EICTV) in Cuba specializing in directing fiction where she wrote and directed “Soma”, “Mother”, “Isabel” and “Christmas” short films who will soon start their festivals route.
In between her cinema studies, she worked as an archivist at the French cinematheque in Paris.
She is actually preparing her first feature called "The Return", a film based on her love and hate relationship with her country and about her struggles to find her place as a woman.
In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CIFF has changed its date to take place from December 2-10.
The 42nd edition will be held under strict WHO-approved precautionary measures taken by the Egyptian government.
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is one of the oldest cultural events in Africa and the Middle East, and is one of the 15 festivals in Africa and the Middle East to be accorded category “A” status by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) in Paris.

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CIFF head head Mohamed Hefzy announced that the festival will honor veteran writer Christopher Hampton.


Hefzy said that the 42nd edition houses 84 films.


20 films will have their world premiere at Cairo Film Festival”.


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The upcoming edition will witness the release of three new awards.


Watch iT will present a new Award worth 5000$ and Nut Award which is amounted to 10000$ will be presented for the best movie discussing women issues.

The acclaimed Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov will be the head of the jury members and veteran actress Lebleba will serve as a jury member.




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