Bold Saudi TV presenter steals the show at Egypt film fetival
Saudi Arabian television presenter and social media personality Lojain Omran stole the show at the opening ceremony of 4th edition of El Gouna Film Festival, in El Gouna, Egypt with her bold red outfit.
The fourth edition of El-Gouna Film Festival (GFF) held the opening ceremony at its newly launched cultural hub, the Gouna Conference and Cultural Centre (GCCC) on Friday.
Held at the open-air stage, the ceremony was attended by numerous celebrities from Egypt's cinema industry and the neighbouring Arab countries. This year, the GFF will continue until 31 October at El-Gouna, a luxurious Red Sea resort town established by businessman Samih Sawiris.
The ceremony opened with the voice of Lebanese singer Rami Ayash in an uplifting emotional song. The ceremony was presented by Helda Khalifa, sending love from Beirut to Egypt in these unusual times.
In a very moving gesture, El-Gouna Founder Samih Sawiris paid tribute to the late CEO of Orascom Khaled Bishara. Renowned set designer Onsi Abou Seif received a Career Achievement Award and dedicated it to his late mentor, celebrated Egyptian filmmaker Shady Abdel-Salam.
Egyptian singer Farah Debany sang a song accompanied by a short film in the background recalling the ones who left us this year including Ragaa Al-Geddawy, Mahmoud Yassin, Magda, Montaser Bellah, George Sidhom and Samir Bahzan.
The GFF's director Intishal Al Timimi gave a speech about the hardships of the cinema industry this year; however, his brilliant team overcame all these hard circumstances and made this edition possible. As Al-Timimi underscored during the previous press conference, "The festival will succeed this year and it will be an investment for years to come. We worked hard this year to present a unique edition despite the challenging circumstances.”
During the opening ceremony, the acclaimed actor Khaled El-Nabawy granted the Omar Sharif Award to French-American actor Saïd Taghmaoui, who had the chance to know Sharif personally and acted alongside him in the film Hidalgo in 2004.
hereen Reda gave an emotional speech about her late father Mahmoud Reda, founder of Reda troupe for folk dancing, followed by a folk performance of the famous Luxor Baladna, originally by Reda troupe.
The opening film was The Man Who Sold His Skin, directed by Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania. The film stars Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Monica Bellucci, Koen de Bouw, Darina Al Joundi, and Christian Vadim.
The organisers revealed that the festival will hold many of its activities at outdoor venues, amid the “challenging circumstances” of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival will also enhance its virtual capabilities to allow greater online participation.