Postponed in May because of the pandemic, the 2020 Cannes Film Festival managed to make up for lost time between October 27th and 29th. The jury was composed of Damien Bonnard, Rachid Bouchareb, Claire Burger, Charles Gillibert, Dea Kulumbegashvili and Céline Sallette. Only one award was given during the ceremony, the Palme d’Or for Short Films. It went to Egyptian director Sameh Alaa for I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face – the first time an Egyptian film has won this award at Cannes.
In a press statement the Festival organisers emphasised “the vitality of this new generation [of film-makers] from Egypt.” A feature film, Souad, by director Ayten Amin was selected in the Official Selection category.
Sameh Alaa’s short film is a dark, powerful piece about the journey of a man determined to be reunited with the woman he loves.
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