Egypt to star at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival

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At this year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) Egypt will present three films to compete alongside other Arab and international titles in the Narrative, New Horizons, Documentary and Short Film categories.

ADFF 2014, in its eighth year, will feature 17 international films, seven of which are produced by Arab countries, including Egypt.

Ibrahim El-Batout’s El Ott’, starring Amr Waked, will have its world premiere tonight, on the fifth day of the event, in the Narrative category competing with four other Arab films.

The film tells the story of ‘El Ott’, a gangster played by Amr Waked, to a backdrop of child trafficking and organ trade.

A scene of Amr Waked in “El Ott”

Ibrahim El-Batout has worked as a documentary director, producer and cameraman specializing in war zones. He filmed over 29 documentaries, that have been awarded with international prizes. Since 2004 he has made his debut in independent feature films.

Two more Egyptian entries, Nadine Salib’s ‘Um Ghayeb’ and Ahmed Abdel-Naser’s I Exist’, will challenge 13 other international films in the Short Film competition.

This year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs from 23 October until 1 November, began with the screening of the world premiere film titled ‘From A to B’ by Emirati Director Ali Mostafa with a screenplay by Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy. The New Horizons category also hosted the world premiere of Iraqi production ‘The Silence of the Shepherd’ by Raad Mushatat.

As part of the ‘ADFF Talks Film’ programme, the festival will also host a special programme called ‘The Arab Diaspora’, a panel discussion where directors Abderrahmane Sissako, Hisham Zaman and Karim Traidia will open up about their challenges.

ADFF, which began in 2007 and has been held annually in October, focuses on Arab cinema and both emerging and established cinema worldwide.

This year the festival witnessed 1,200 submissions and will feature 197 films chosen from 61 countries. In its eighth year of the festival, Egypt hopes to be a shinning star.