The Syrian director will be the focus of the opening event at this year's festival dedicated to Arabic and Mediterranean film
Egyptian directors Sherif el Bendary, Amal Ramsis and Emad Mabrouk along with Syrian film-maker Hala Abadalla, paying homage to compatriot director Omar Amirlay who died earlier this year, will all be taking part in this year's film festival dedicated to Arabic and Mediterranean cinema.
Abadalla's remembrance of Amirlay is the starting-point for this year's Mostra de Cinema Àrab i Mediterrani de Catalunya, where the main guest country is Egypt. As could be expected, the political changes in that country this year are one of the main topics that film-makers have used for inspiration and feature here in work such as Tamantashar yom (18 days). The status of women, day-to-day life and corrupt politicians are other subjects covered in some of the films being screened, some of which will be shown in Barcelona's Filmoteca for the first time this year.
Filmoteca de Catalunya: Avinguda Sarrià, 33 (Barcelona)
Cinebaix: Joan Batllori, 21 (Sant Feliu de Llobregat)