43rd Cairo International Film Festival

12/01/2021

Festival Reviews

No Land’s Man

No Land’s Man

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a pathological liar whose romance with an Australian girl unveils a horrifying backstory of racism in Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s genre-bending pleaser.

Becoming

Becoming

An omnibus of women-directed Saudi shorts that acts as a calling card for the diversity of rising talent in the Kingdom, offering five largely strong entries highlighting the ways women negotiate traditional female and non-female spaces.

The Stranger

The Stranger

Palestine’s 2022 Oscar submission is a brooding story of lives in limbo in the Golan Heights, stunningly shot and wrenching in its moving evocation of a man mired in self-loathing and paralyzed by the physical and existential no-man’s land resulting in the Israeli occupation and the disaster in Syria.

A Second Life

A Second Life

A well-calibrated debut with a fine central performance, weaving together notions of class and familial betrayal when an impoverished mother sells her son’s kidney to a well-off family in exchange for a better life.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow

In the bitter drama of a human rights lawyer struggling with mental illness, well-known actor Dhafer L’Abidine directs, produces and stars in a passionate plea to Tunisians to reclaim their revolution.

Daughters of Abdulrahman

Daughters of Abdulrahman

Predictably stereotyped characterizations still deliver some enjoyable moments in this female empowerment story that unfortunately also plays to the region’s homophobia but will be a crowd-pleaser in the Arab world.

No Land’s Man

No Land’s Man

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a pathological liar whose romance with an Australian girl unveils a horrifying backstory of racism in Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s genre-bending pleaser.

Becoming

Becoming

An omnibus of women-directed Saudi shorts that acts as a calling card for the diversity of rising talent in the Kingdom, offering five largely strong entries highlighting the ways women negotiate traditional female and non-female spaces.

The Stranger

The Stranger

Palestine’s 2022 Oscar submission is a brooding story of lives in limbo in the Golan Heights, stunningly shot and wrenching in its moving evocation of a man mired in self-loathing and paralyzed by the physical and existential no-man’s land resulting in the Israeli occupation and the disaster in Syria.

A Second Life

A Second Life

A well-calibrated debut with a fine central performance, weaving together notions of class and familial betrayal when an impoverished mother sells her son’s kidney to a well-off family in exchange for a better life.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow

In the bitter drama of a human rights lawyer struggling with mental illness, well-known actor Dhafer L’Abidine directs, produces and stars in a passionate plea to Tunisians to reclaim their revolution.

Daughters of Abdulrahman

Daughters of Abdulrahman

Predictably stereotyped characterizations still deliver some enjoyable moments in this female empowerment story that unfortunately also plays to the region’s homophobia but will be a crowd-pleaser in the Arab world.

Awards Corner

Cairo

  • Golden Pyramid for
    The Hole in the Fence (Mexico, Poland)
    Director: Joaquin del Paso
  • Fipresci Award for Best Film
    Tomorrow (Tunisia)
    Director: Dhafer L’Abidine
  • Silver Pyramid for
    Small Body (Italy, France, Slovenia)
    Director: Laura Samani
  • Bronze Pyramid for
    Aloners (South Korea)
    Director: Hong Seong-eun
  • Award for
    A Chiara (Italy, France)
    Swamy Rotolo
  • Award for
    Abo Saddam (Egypt)
    Mohamed Mamdouh
  • Naguib Mahfouz Award for
    107 Mothers (Slovakia)
    Ivan Ostrochovsky & Peter Kerekes
  • Award for
    They Carry Death (Spain, Colombia)
    José Alayon
  • Horizons of Arab Cinema Award for
    Memory Box (Lebanon, France, Canada, Qatar)
    Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
  • Critics Week Award for
    The Stranger (Palestine)
    Director: Ameer Fakher Eldin