The administration of Cairo international Film Festival has announced that it has chosen the movie “Women’s Day” by Egyptian film-maker Kamla Abu Zekry, to open the 38th edition of the festival, starting November 15, and to represent Egypt in the official competition.
After viewing a copy of the film, which marks the return of Kamla Abu Zekry to the cinema after 7 years of absence since her last movie “Zero One”, the festival’s administration decided that the film’s quality was high enough to qualify it as the opening film.
“Women’s Day” is produced by ElhamShahin, written by Hana Atiyah, and stars ElhamShahin, alongside Nelly Karim, Mahmoud Hameda, Farouq Al Fishawi, Ahmed Al Fishawi, NahedElSebai, Ahmed Daoud, Iyad Nasser, and HalaSedqi. It revolves around a youth center in a popular neighborhood that decides to allocate one day for the swimming pool to be for women only, and the consequences of this decision on the social, psychological and emotional life of the neighborhood’s women.
Kamla Abu Zekry is an Egyptian director, who began her cinematographic career in 2004, with the film "Sana oulanasb," followed by "An el ashqwelhawa" in 2006, "Malekwaketaba" the same year, and "Zero One" in 2009. After the big commercial success of her last movies, she directed two TV series that also achieved critical and commercial success, “A Girl Named Zat”, and “The Women’s Jail”. Her last work, “Women’s Day”, allows her to return to cinema screens.
The 38th edition of the Cairo International Film Festivalwill take place from November 15th to 24th, offering more than 160 films from many countries around the world, various programs and competitions, in addition to honoring a number of leading local and international filmmakers, among which the great Egyptian director Mohammed Khan, who passed away few days ago.