Egypt first-time guest at Cannes film festival

The Cannes International Film Festival on Thursday announced a new plan to host a "guest country" at the festival each year, and that Egypt will be the first, in tribute to the 25 January revolution.

In a statement, the administration said that the Egyptian uprising reflected a universal longing for freedom and democracy.

This year’s Cannes festival, to be held from 11 May to 22 May, will be its 64th. A celebration held on 18 May will commemorate the late Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Shahin and present the Egyptian film "18 Days," which comprises ten short documentary films depicting the revolution.

The celebration will end with a dinner, to be attended by the Egyptian minister of culture.

The Egyptian film “The Postman” will also be shown among the festival’s “classics” program.

The festival will also salute the Tunisian revolution by showing the Tunisian documentary film "No More Fear," which French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand invited the Egyptian delegation to watch.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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