Beirut -October 4th, 2010 – “Beirut International Film Festival” management said today that Italian film director Luca Guadagnino will attend the screening of his movie “Io sono l’Amore” (I am love) during the closing of the festivals’s 10th edition on October 13, 2010.
The management issued a statement, saying the most prominent guests of the festival, which is to be declared open this October 6, include Bosnian director of “Cirkus Columbia”, Danis Tanovic, a movie showcasing under the International Panorama category.
Several Arab directors attending the festival will compete under the Middle Eastern Feature Film Competition, like Tunisian director Moez Kamoun, director of “Late December” (Ekhir décembre) and Raja Amari, director of “Buried Secrets” (Dowaha).
The festival also hosts Belgian director of Moroccan origin Nabil Ben Yadir, director of “The Barons” (Les Barons), Ali Mostafa, director of UAE film “City of Life”, which featured also at the inauguration of the Gulf Film Festival last April in Dubai and winner of the Special Jury Award.
In addition to Iraqi-Kurdish Shawkat Amin Korki, director of “Kick off”, winner of many awards including the Best Film prize at the Gulf Film Festival. Swiss director Alexandre Monnier’s movie “Yanoosak“, co-directed with Lebanese director Elie Khalifé is competing in the same section.
The list of guests includes directors of films to be featured under Middle Eastern Short Film Competition category: Saudi director Abdullah Al-Eyaf (“Aayyesh”), winner of the Best Short Film Award at the Gulf Film Festival hosted by Dubai last April and Saudi director Ahd Kamel (“The Shoemaker”), resident of the United States and winner of Gulf Film Festival Second Award, Short Feature Film category.
Ahmad Zein, director of UAE film “Ghaimat Shrooq” who won a certificate of recognition from the Gulf International Festival Jury, will be there as well.
Iraqi director Sahar Al Sawaf, director of “Um Abdallah”, winner of the Special Jury Award at the Gulf Film Festival, will attend the festival. Three films from Jordan are participating in this section: “Rawha bala Rajaa” by Jordanian director Ahmad Kassem, “Bitter Days” (Yawm morr…Yawm Amarr) by Jordanian director Amjad Al Rasheed, and the three-minute animation film “Missing” by Jordanian director Tariq Rimawi, winner of the First Award in the Short Jordanian Film Competition at the Franco-Arab Film Festival held in Amman last June. The screenings include as well “Sea Sonata” (Sonata Al Baher) directed by Rakan Mayasi.
Algerian Yasmine Chouikh, director of “The Djinn”, and Morrocan Othman Naciri (“Without words”) have confirmed their presence at the festival too.
Canadian director Jacob Tierney (“The Trotsky”) and Swiss director Eileen Hofer will be present for the screening of their films, Hofer having directed “Le deuil de la cigogne joyeuse”, a Lebanese-French production starring Lebanese actors.
Other guests include Hassan Hakoush, a member of a Lebanese family living on Neukölin Street in Berlin, the family being the object of German film “Neukölin Unlimited” by director Agostino Imondi.
The festival features prominent guests, such as Canadian cinema historian and film critic Robert Daudelin, who will preside over the jury. Members of the Jury include Indian actress and film/theater writer of French origin Kalki Koechlin, actress and producer Arsinée Khanjian, a Beirut-born resident of Canada, who is married to Director Atom Egoyan and performs in most of his films.