In Egypt, the Second International Cairo Film Festival was opened on Monday (26 September) by Premier Mamdouh Salem.
In Egypt, the Second International Cairo Film Festival was opened on Monday (26 September) by Premier Mamdouh Salem. Twenty two films from a dozen countries were due to be shown at the 10-day event.
SYNOPSIS: Monday's opening in Cairo's Tahrir Square was attended by celebrities including Egyptian film stars Mohasen Sarhan and Farid Shawky, with his wife. Premier Salem launched the festival with a welcoming speech to the exhibitors, actors and members of the jury who'll judge the entries.
The success of last year's competition resulted in an increase in the number of countries submitting films. They ranged from China and Syria to the United States and France, Italy, Great Britain and Yugoslavia. Out of the 22 entries seven will be awarded the Egyptian equivalent of a Hollywood Oscar in the shape of Queen Nefertiti.
Among the personalities introduced to Premier Salem at the opening were Greek singer Demis Roussos, a popular figure in Egypt, and actress Dawn Adams. Aside from the official entries in the festival there were to be informal showings of foreign films at another theatre as well as a panorama of the Egyptian cinema.
More glamour was present in the shape of Swiss actress Ursula Andress, while actor Michael York represented Britain's contingent.