The glitz and the glamour of the fourth El Gouna Film Festival continues, as a host of stars have flocked to Egypt’s Red Sea town for nine days of cinematic celebrations.
With Covid-19 safety measures in place, a host of names, including Huda El Mufti, Zahraa Ghandour, Ahmed Malek and Mayssa Maghrebi, have descended on the resort town for red carpet screenings.
Click through the gallery above to see stars on day two and three of the 2020 El Gouna Film Festival.
Roderick MacKay's The Furnace, which stars Malek, screened on Saturday, October 24, and 200 Metres screened on Sunday, October 25.
The festival is set to run until Saturday, October 31, and will showcase 63 films across five categories.
The event had its opening night on Friday, October 23, with celebrities attending this year’s red carpet. Social distancing was maintained as stars were all kept spaced apart.
At a press conference this month, festival director Intishal Al Timimi said that a large part of CineGouna, the festival’s bustling industry platform, will be made available online. “Instead of the opportunity to connect 150 people, this year, there will be 500 people available for discussion via virtual interaction,” he said.
Sixteen films will compete in the Feature Narrative Competition, including the festival’s opening picture The Man Who Sold His Skin, written and directed by Tunisian filmmaker and scriptwriter Kaouther Ben Hania.
Another film in this year's competition is Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh’s debut feature 200 Metres, which also had its premiere in Venice. The film sheds light on the traumatic but familiar ordeal of crossing borders, following Mustafa – played by Ali Suliman of Paradise Now – as he makes a risky journey to unite with his family who are only 200 metres away. The film won the BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas People’s Choice Award at Venice.
Source: The National