Cairo kicks off with ‘The Irishman’, bigger industry programme and Screen’s Arab Stars of Tomorrow

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It is Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy’s second year at the helm.

The Cairo International Film Festival opens Wednesday evening (November 20) with the Middle East and North Africa premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, one week ahead of its global release on Netflix.

The mobster drama is among 150 films due to screen at the festival across 11 sections, including the International Competition, the Horizons of Arab Cinema and Focus on Mexico.

UK director Terry Gilliam attended the glitzy opening ceremony to receive the festival’s Faten Hamama Excellence Award for his lifetime contribution to the cinematic arts.

Other honourees included Egyptian director Sherif Arafa,
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