The first edition of El Gouna Film Festival inaugurated, in the coastal city of El Gouna, with a star-studded red carpet event, which was aired live exclusively via ON TV. International celebrities, including American actors Dylan McDermott and Michael Madsen and French actress Emmanuelle Béart made an appearance at the event along with Egyptian and Arabic stars and filmmakers.
Egyptian movie star, Co-Founder and COO of El Gouna Film Festival Bushra Rozza said: “I want to thank all of the international filmmaking figures that have made it all the way from the U.S.A. and Europe to join us for the first edition of the El Gouna Film Festival. We’ve been working with a vision to live up to the expectations for a film festival that was born to compete with other established international film festivals from day one. We look forward to welcoming both national and international talents in coming years, and hope we can continue to honour the art of cinema through El Gouna Film Festival’s future editions.”
The El Gouna Film Festival showcased the local premier of the Egyptian film, Sheikh Jackson, directed by Amr Salama. The movie celebrated its international premier days ago during the Toronto International Film Festival where it received excellent reviews.
American actor Michael Madsen commenced the festival and said: “Many people told me that it wasn’t safe to fly here, but since I’ve arrived to El-Gouna, I found that this wasn’t true what so ever. Movies are an interesting way to reach immortality and a perfect messenger to promote mutual understanding and hence El Gouna Film Festival’s slogan; Cinema For Humanity.”
Egyptian mega star Adel Imam received a special Career Achievement Award which was handed to him by Festival’s Founder, Naguib Sawiris and Egyptian superstar Youssra. A special tribute video featuring Egyptian movie stars such as Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Fahmy, Menna Shalaby, Ragaa El Gedawy, Essad Younes and many others paid tribute to the legendary actor through a special video on the occasion, as well as old clips from his famous films.
During the ceremony, Egyptian band Fabrica performed a special number reviving international and Egyptian musical cinematic gems. The event was hosted by Egyptian television host Nardine Farag and co-hosted by Egyptian movie star and comedian, Ahmed Fahmy.