‘’Youm lel Setat’’ poster
CAIRO - 16 November 2018: The Fourth edition of International Arab Film Festival Zurich kicked off on Thursday November 15.
The festival which will continue till November 18 will host 40 movie screenings. The two Egyptian movies ‘’Balash Tebosny’’ ( Kiss Me Not) and ‘’Youm lel Setat’’ ( A Day for Women) will be screened at Zurich festival.
“Balash Tebosny” was screened at vox cinemas in Dubai on July 12 for one week. The movie was screened for the first time in Egyptian cinemas on February 28.
The film revolves around a director, Tamer, who struggles to deal with an actress who refuses to partake in a kissing scene and quits the whole film industry after she decides to wear a veil (hijab).
The film stars Yasmine Raies, award-winning director Khairy Beshara, Sawsan Badr and honorary cameos from late renowned director Mohammed Khan. “Balash Tebosny” is directed by Egyptian-American writer and director Ahmed Amer.
The movie’s first screening was at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2017. “Balash Tebosny” was screened in the cinemas of Morocco's Tangier on September 5.
The story of ‘’Youm lel Setat’’ movie takes place in one of the underprivileged Egyptian districts, where the three main heroines of the movie, Azza, Shaimaa and Laila, live. One day, a new swimming pool opens in their neighborhood with a day designated for women only; Sundays.
The first Sunday witnessed the gathering of all the women in the area who come from diverse backgrounds. Azza has long dreamed of wearing swimsuits, Shaimaa finally finds someone who listens to her when she talks about her private life and Laila tries to overcome her grief over her late son.
The movie stars Elham Shaheen, Nelly Karim, Ahmed al-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hemeida, Eyad Nassar, Nahed al-Sebaie, Hala Sedky and Ahmed Dawoud. “Youm lel Setat” is written by Hanaa Attia and directed by Kamla Abou Zekri.
The movie screened at the 11th edition of the Gli Occhi dell’Africa in Pordenone, Italy, on November 14, 2017, and was included in a program dedicated to presenting the best African movies to Italian audiences.
"Youm lel Setat" won the Best Feature Movie Award at the 37th Verona International Film Festival; it also won four awards at six international film festivals in October 2017.
Moreover, "Youm lel Setat" won the Best Movie Award at the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, and the movie’s heroine, Elham Shaheen, was honored for her artistic career.
In addition, the movie previously won the Best Film Award at the 20th Khouribga African Film Festival in Morocco, and was granted the award in the closing ceremony of the festival, which took place on September 16, 2017.
It is also worth mentioning that Shaheen shared the Best Actress Award with Karim at the 13th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia for their roles in the movie on September 11, 2017. “Youm lel Setat” was the only Egyptian movie participating in the festival.