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28/05/2017 - 07:00hs

Rio de Janeiro to welcome Egyptian screenwriter

Wessam Soliman wrote the scripts for three movies directed by her now-deceased husband Mohamed Khan. She will attend the opening of a special showing of the director’s films next June.

São Paulo – The Egyptian screenwriter Wessam Soliman will be in Rio de Janeiro next month for the Contemporary Egyptian Film Festival – Mohamed Khan Special Showing. Soliman is the wife of filmmaker Khan, who passed away in 2016. The showing happened last March in São Paulo, and it will have a run from June 14 to 26 in Rio’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB).

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Soliman will be in Brazil for the first time

Thirteen movies directed by Khan will be shown. Soliman wrote the scripts for three of his films, all of which will be featured in Rio: “Factory Girl,” “Downtown Girls” and “In an Apartment in Heliopolis.” The screenwriter will open the showing at 6:00 pm on the 14th, alongside the Brazilian filmmaker Susanna Lira and one of the event’s curators, Amro Saad. “Factory Girl” will be shown afterwards, at 7:30 pm.

Soliman will discuss her husband’s work and views. Khan is considered a founding father of neorealism in Egyptian cinema and a champion of women’s causes. His films deal with societal issues and portray a little-known side of Egyptian society. “Factory Girl,” for instance, tells the story of a female factory worker and her out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Khan i salso one of the most award-winning contemporary Egyptian directors.

According to information she supplied to ANBA, the scriptwriter will discuss Khan’s professional experience and personal life, as well as his thoughts regarding a few causes. Saad, who will also be featured in the opening, will address problems that Brazil and Egypt have in common, especially in the poorer parts of each country. Susanna Lira will deal with Brazil’s social reality from a female filmmaker’s perspective. She is a documentarist known for its emphasis on human rights.

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Saad is bringing Egyptian cinema to Rio

Soliman will also be featured in the Festival on June 15, in an informal chat about her screenwriting work, after screenings of “Downtown Girls” and “In an Apartment in Heliopolis.” Besides Khan’s movies, another career highlight of hers is the 2004 feature film “The Best of Times,” directed by Egypt’s Hala Khalil. She has also written short film scripts. Soliman won several prizes for her scripts, including a prize in the Salé Women's International Film Festival, Sawiris Cultural Award, etc.

Wessam Soliman told ANBA that this will be her first time in Brazil, which she is familiar with only through literature and contemporary cinema. In these she was able to find several shared issues, especially when it comes to Brazilian favelas and the Cairo slums. The screenwriter often joins events about Khan’s work in Egypt and elsewhere, especially ones in connection with the films she participated in. Khan’s children Nadine and Hassan are also involved in cinema and they also get called on to discuss their father’s work, as are the filmmaker’s students.

The same as in São Paulo, the showing in Rio de Janeiro is organized by production company Oriente-se, which is owned by Saad. Oriente-se plans on having several similar events to showcase the particularities and the diversity of Arab cinema and its authors. The Khan showing in Rio de Janeiro will feature films every day (except June 20), with one to three sessions per day.

Quick facts:

Contemporary Egyptian Film Festival
Mohamed Khan Special (1942-2016)
June 14 to 24, 2017
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro – Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Ticket prices: BRL 10 (full price), BRL 5 (half price)
Find out more: http://culturabancodobrasil.com.br/portal/1a-mostra-de-cinema-egipcio-contemporaneo-2/

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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