(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) CAIRO, Nov 20 (KUNA) -- The 40th Cairo International Film Festival was launched on Tuesday at the Cairo Opera House with many ministers, movie stars, and producers from around the world present.
During the opening ceremony, Egypt's Minister of Culture Inas Abdulaleem was very hopeful that this year's festival will be a new addition to its historical presence to present the highest level of cinematic talents.
She also added in her short speech that cinema indulges experiences and consistent participation for a better future.
The President of this cinematographic festival and film producer Mohammad Hefdhy was very optimistic in presenting a special package of films during the events scheduled for this year's festival.
British screenwriter and director Peter Greenway was honored during the ceremony alongside the actors Hassan Hossny, Samir Sabri, film critic Yousef Shereef, and musician Hesham Nazih.
The ceremony started with the American Peter Farrelly's film Green Book, staged to take place in the 1960s and starred Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, and Linda Cardellini.
The festival's schedule is fully booked with events taking place during a nine-day period with more than 150 films to be screened, of which 16 are taking part in the international competition and 20 in the Cinema of Tomorrow competition for short films.
The Cairo film festival celebrates for the first time the Arab women who have transcended in directing cinematic films in a special event entitled "Arab Directresses." Cairo's International Film Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the region as it hosted its first events in August of 1976 through the Egyptian Association of Book and Film Critics headed by the late writer and film photographer Kamal Al-Malakh who led it for seven years. (end) ra.aq