The 17th Alexandria International Film Festival
by Dr. Maged El-Bialy
On September 5th, the Minister of Tourism, Farouk Hosni, declared the 17th Alexandria International Film Festival open. The opening ceremony was in the conference centre of Alexandria. The ceremony was attended by many Egyptian and foreign actors as well as the governor of Alexandria General Abd El Salam El Mahgoub. Then the Egyptian Actress Faten Hamama was honored with a documentary movie and declared the Egyptian Actress of the Millennium.
Moulin Rouge was the opening movie of the festival. Moulin Rouge. Starring Nicole Kidman, it was also the opening movie of the Cannes Festival in March 2001, thus putting the Alexandria International Film Festival in the list of top international film festivals.
The judging committee is composed of local and international judges, headed by Mrs. Gaya Patchan. Gaya Patchan is the wife of the famous Indian Actor Amitab Patchan who has great popularity Egypt. Mrs. Gaya holds many prizes as best actress from her past films. Mrs. Gaya is also president of the National Indian Center for childrens movies and she manages a Blood Donation Bank.
The international judging committee members are Jean Pierre Garcia, from France, Torvosay from Norway, Abd El Hamid El Mahaby from Iran, Bengted Toll from Sweden, Mohammed AL Ahmad from Syria and Husn Shah from Egypt. The members of the judging committee all hold high positions in the field of film festivals to insure professional evaluation of the movies displayed.
There will be 56 movies on display in the Alexandria International Film Festival, from 28 countries, 11 of which are from the Mediterranean basin. The participating countries are France, Italy, Syria, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Croatia and Yugoslavia. Egypt will participate with six movies, and only one will compete officially.
The official cinemas of the Alexandria International Film Festival are "Amir Cinema House", "Rio", "Radio", " Royal 1 and 2", "Renaissance 1 and 2", "Sheraton Cinema" and " Kasr El Tazawok". The festival will continue until September 11, 2001.