The 39th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) concluded Thursday evening its activities، in Al Manarah Hall at the International Conference and Exhibition Center، New Cairo.
The closing ceremony featured the participation of a number of A-list celebrities including، Academy Award for Best Actor Nicolas Cage، TWO-time Oscar-winning actor Hilary Swank، and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody.
The evening also featured the participation of Yousra، Hussein Fahmy، Dorra Zarrouk، Elham Shahin، Sabreen، Naglaa Badr، Kinda Alloush, Mahmoud Hemida ,and Nelly Karim.
The evening witnessed the honoring of a number of world stars receiving Faten Hamama award the including، Nicolas Cage، Hilary Swank، and Adrien Prodi.
As he attends the closing ceremony of Cairo International Film Festival، Hollywood actor and Oscar winner Nicolas Cage was keen to address the attendees with strong words condemning terrorism amid thunderous applause.
“I’m so happy to back in Cairo، in magical Egypt، I’m so grateful to be invited again to stand solidarity with you as we celebrate world cinema.”
“I’m gonna choose to be happy with all of you، I’m gonna SMILE.”
He said that he is here in Cairo because he does not want anybody “to scare him” alluding to the tragic attack on Arish mosque attack.
The evening also featured the performance of Egyptian superstar، Angham، where she performed a number of her famous songs.
CIFF 39th edition dedicated to late icon Shadia
The Film Festival was keen to pay a special tribute to the late icon Shadia during the closing ceremony، as the Film festival had previously announced that this session is dedicated to the late iconic singer and actress Shadia، who died at the age of 86 after a long battle with the disease.
Shadia Rumors of her health deterioration began to spread in August، but she was admitted to Galaa military hospital earlier this month after suffering brain stroke.
Noteworthy، the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is one of the 15 Festivals accorded category “A” status by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations FIAPF، according to Cairo International Film Festival.
It is the oldest cultural event in Africa and the Middle East.
The Festival was launched in 1976 by the writer-critic Kamal el Mallakh to enhance the role of Egypt in the world of cinema and to serve as a bridge between the cultures of the world.
Egypt has enjoyed a strong cinematic tradition since the art of filmmaking was first developed، in 1896.