Nour (16), an Egyptian teenager with a strong personality, lives in Cairo with Sherif, her protective older brother, and her often-absent parents. In conflict with the rules imposed by Egyptian society, Nour finds in Mathilde, her French classmate, a close friend who lives without restraint, even at the risk of attracting criticism from those around them. The two friends become everything to each other until their friendship becomes toxic.
Graduated from the American University of Paris in Film Studies, she also did the three-year program at The International Film and TV School (EICTV) in Cuba, specializing in directing fiction.
Her last short ﬁlm “Isabel” received the best short film award at the Cairo International Film Festival in the ofﬁcial competition “Cinema of Tomorrow” in 2020.
In between her cinema studies, she worked as an archivist at the French Cinémathèque in Paris. She is currently working on her hybrid feature film “Searching for Woody” and developing “Nour”, her first fiction feature.
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 thirty feature films and documentaries that won awards in regional and international festivals. Marianne’s latest film LET’S TALK was selected to take part in the 32nd edition of IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and also won the Audience Award at the Cairo International Film Festival, 2019.