The Panorama of the European Film highlights


With the Cairo International Film Festival coming to a close in mid-November, Cairo will continue the month of fine cinema with the Panorama of the European Film.

While the CIFF will have its last screenings tonight, Cairo is preparing for another important annual event showcasing the best of new films from Europe.

Running from 19 to 29 November in Galaxy (El Manial district) and Zawya (Downtown) cinemas,  the 7th year of the Panorama festival will focus on a spectacular selection of award-winning films and documentary productions from across Europe with a special emphasis on Swiss documentary cinema.

This year’s edition will dedicate special attention to memorial screenings of renowned German director and pioneer of the New German Cinema Wim Wender.

As a retrospective of the German filmmaker, screenings will include the ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ documentary film and the ‘Paris, Texas’ drama which received the Palme D’Or prestigious prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984.

The Panorama will also feature Wender’s latest work, co-directed by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, ‘Salt of the Earth’, a 2014 French-Brazilian documentary film which charts the story of photographer Sebastião Salgado.

The event will consist of several sections highlighting award-winning European productions, remarkable works of upcoming and most influential directors, a selection of Dutch short films, European documentaries and a special focus on Swiss documentaries about migration.

A new Carte Blanche section will be introduced this year for the first time during which three films will be selected by Egyptian illustrious filmmakers Yosry Nasrallah, Nadine Khan and Ahmad Abdallah.

Set to be screened across an 11-day programme, the Panorama will feature 38 films such as the Spanish ‘Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed’, written and directed by David Trueba, Irish Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Frank’, and Andreas Prochaska’s Austrian western film ‘The Dark Valley’.

British action drama ‘71’ and Spanish ‘Stockholm’ will be among the screenings for the Emerging Directors category, while Anna Eborn’s ‘Pine Ridge’, and Chloe Ruthven’s ‘The Do Gooders’ about the impact of foreign aid on Palestinians, will feature in the Documentary Rendez-Vous section.

These are just some of the most acclaimed films and documentaries that will grace the cultural and artistic event; for the programme and full list of screenings, visit Panorama’s website.