El Gouna Artistic Director Amir Ramses Resigns Before Festival Ends

The festival has declined to comment.
On Wednesday, El Zohairy won the Variety Middle East and North African Region Talent Award, given annually at the festival.
It's believed he may have stepped down due to growing local opposition to Cannes-winning film "Feathers," by Egyptian filmmaker Omar El Zohairy. Amir Ramses, artistic director of the ongoing El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, is understood to have resigned in the final days of the event.
"Feathers" debuted at the Cannes Critics' Week, where it won the grand prize and the FIPRESCI prize. Following its screening at El Gouna, several prominent local critics took issue with the portrayal of Egypt in the film, though it is still unclear whether there is a link between the film's premiere and the director's resignation. The film follows a family thrown into disarray after its patriarch is accidentally turned into a chicken by a magician during a children's birthday party.
The festival, which kicked off on Oct. The day before the fest opened, a fire broke out in the main festival venue. On Tuesday, Mohammad Bakrfi, the Palestinian actor due to collect his career achievement award, canceled his trip in solidarity with Zagha.” /> 14, has been one of the most eventful international confabs this fall. Days later, Palestinian filmmaker Said Zagha was deported en route to El Gouna.
"I'm so glad I'm taking this award in Egypt, my beloved country, our great culture, our peoples, our heritage of cinema. I learned here and this is also coming from my heart, and I'm so glad that everyone's talking about my new Egyptian cinema," El Zohairy said while accepting the award. "I'm an Egyptian filmmaker. And I'm so honored to be part of this culture, to be part of this heritage.
"I made the film for humanity. "This award is for Egyptian cinema, for the new art that's coming from Egypt, for the new generations, for the new country that is presenting itself to the world," El Zohairy continued. I was sincere; it was my emotion."

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