"Carte Blanche" was first introduced in the 7th Panorama of the European Film with the aim of presenting three Egyptian prominent names from the film scene
This year, Producer and director Marianne kHOURY selected Thomas Vinterberg’s “Festen/ The Celebration”
The screening of the film at Zawya will be followed by a Q&A session with Marianne Khoury
THE CELEBRATION / FESTEN
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen , Thomas Bo Larsen
Running Time: 105 MIN
Language: Danish, German, English
Summertime - and the living is easy"... At a countryside manor an annual feast is being prepared. It is to be an all-out effort to celebrate the revered head of the family. Helge Klingenfelt - owner of the manor and family patriarch - is turning 60.
Everyone has been invited. Friends, family and the ones closest to Helge's heart - his loving wife Else and their three grown-up children: Christian, Michael and Helene. As the guests arrive, Helge summons his eldest son - Christian - to a meeting. In his office, he asks Christian to make a speech in commemoration of Christian's twin sister Linda, who died the year before.
Jury Prize - Cannes IFF 1998
About Marianne Khoury:
A Cairo-based filmmaker, Marianne Khoury, gravitated towards cinema after graduating with an Economics degree from Cairo and Oxford. For more than three decades, Marianne has closely collaborated with iconic filmmaker Youssef Chahine. She produces and directs films that engage the audience on an intimate level, tackling themes of identity, memory and marginalization. She produced and co-produced around 30 feature films and documentaries that won awards in regional and international festivals. Acting as a conduit between artists and the cinema industry, Marianne was instrumental in introducing the first edition of the Panorama of the European Film in Cairo in 2004. Her latest initiative, The Dahshur Workshops, is dedicated to the mentoring and development of films made by emerging Egyptian and Arab talent. Marianne served as a jury member in major festivals and a consultant to prominent cultural institutions.