Cairo International Film Festival to celebrate Hungarian director Béla Tarr

Ahram Online , Wednesday 10 Aug 2022

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) unveiled on Wednesday their selection of Hungarian director Béla Tarr for the Lifetime Achievement Award in its upcoming 44th edition, taking place between 13 and 22 November.

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"Béla Tarr is heralded as one of the cinematic world’s greatest innovators whose extensive repertoire includes several masterpiece films that largely contributed to the filmmaking world," stated President of Cairo International Film Festival Hussein Fahmy.

"A legendary film pioneer, Tarr often highlighted humanitarian issues in his films using a unique cinematic philosophy, which soon grew as a cinematic concept that is followed by other filmmakers worldwide," added the Egyptian actor.

The festival’s director, Amir Ramses, revealed that Béla Tarr will give a mentoring a workshop with a number of young Egyptian filmmakers, as well as an open masterclass, adding that "the festival will also screen two of his recently 4K restored films, making CIFF one of the [earliest] platforms to screen Tarr’s newly restored film copies."

Born in Hungary in 1955, Béla Tarr is an award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter who graduated from the Budapest Theatre and Film Academy before launching his career with a series of documentary films that marked the early success of his filmmaking journey.

His filmography include: Családi tüzfészek (1979), Panelkapcsolat (1982), Damnation (1988), Satantango (1994), The Turin Horse (2011), The Man from London (2007) and Missing People (2019), to name but a few.

The CIFF is one of the oldest festivals in the Arab world and Africa. It is the only festival in the region classified in the A category by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

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