Dear Friends of the Panorama,
Once again, in the midst of turbulent yet exciting times, the Panorama of the European Film bounces back, for its ninth edition, with an eclectic and fun program reflecting the awes and ills of our societies through different genres, mediums and lengths.
Despite the ongoing global economic crisis which has lead to a resurgent right-wing and a curbing of civil liberties, the Panorama has managed to continue expanding; securing films, attracting guests and organizing workshops. This year, our audience will be larger and more diverse, with screenings taking place in Alexandria, Port Said and Ismailia. Cairo will naturally remain the heart of the festival.
Over 50 films features and about 30 shorts will be screened in 10 different locations, a selection put together by our dynamic team who scouted festivals and courted distributors all year long to bring you a diverse range of interesting films that promote dialogue, challenge prejudice and engage audiences.
Various themes will be explored in our 9th edition; the heartbreaking journey of migrants is captured beautifully by Gianfranco Rosi in Fuocoammare as he shows us life on an Italian island through the eyes of a 12 year old boy, the anniversary of patriarch’s death inspires a family dinner like no other in Cristi Puiu’s delicious study of family dynamics, Sieranevada, while Joachim Lafosse explores the aftermath of a broken relationship in the gripping psychological drama After Love.
This Year, Panorama classics will screen Youssef Chahine’s controversial masterpiece Adieu Bonaparte in its recently restored version.
We will also delve into the wonderful world of animation, offering an extensive workshop on the topic and screening little animated gems for lovers of the genre. Last but certainly not least, we will be introducing a new city focus section, Urban Lens, which will be inaugurated by the vibrant capital of Berlin who has inspired cult classics such as Wings of Desire and The Lives of Others.
With more schools than ever taking part in our Education and Cinema initiative, cinema cements its place as an educational tool and a vehicle for social change.
Embark with us on this virtual tour where one travels to change ideas rather than countries
Wishing you a great Panorama!