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Zawya cinema screens Sameh Alaa's 'Setashar'

Thu 18 Feb 2021 | 07:55 PM
Rana Atef

Prestigious cinema theater, 'Zawya,' starts on Thursday hosting special film screenings for Egyptian director Sameh Alaa who is most known for his “Setashar” or “I am Afraid to Forget Your Face” that won Palme d’Or at Cannes Festival last year.

'I am Afraid to Forget Your Face' stars Seif Eldin Hemida and Nourhan Ali Abdelazez, the film revolves around Adam, who—after being separated for 82 days—decides to venture a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves.

The film was awarded the Best Arab Short Film Award at the 4th El Gouna Film Festival (GFF), and it was screened at the Cinema El Ghad program for short films at the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF).

Alongside screening "Setasher," Zawya will display Alaa's other films such as 'Khamastasher' (Fifteen), and "Steak Abla Margo' (The Steak of Aunt Margaux).

The screenings of the three films will last until February 23.

Sameh Alaa is an Egyptian filmmaker based in Cairo and holds a bachelor's degree in German Literature.

The filmmaker studied basic filmmaking techniques for two years at the 'Academy of Cinema Arts and Technology.'

In 2012, Alaa moved to Prague, the Czech Republic to study Directing at the 'Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts' (FAMU).

A few years later, he earned his MA from The International Film & Television School Paris (EICAR).

In 2017, his 'Fifteen' won the European Short Film Pitch.