The 29th Cairo International Film Festival opened here on Tuesday evening with a Chinese martial arts film serving to inaugurate the 11-day cultural event.
The House of Flying Daggers (2005), directed by China's Zhang Yimou, became the first film viewed by the audience during this year's festival after a short but exciting opening ceremony attended by domestic and international guests.
The organizers selected China as the Guest of Honor this year because "China is a rising power in the world of cinema," Sherif el-Shoubashi, festival president and first undersecretary at the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, told the audience at the Big Theater of the Opera House.
Other films, which came from all around the world, also added value to the festival, said Shoubashi, adding that he hoped the annual event would promote an exchange of ideas and fruitful dialogues in a region that suffers from terrible confrontation.
This year's festival will be held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 during which 148 films from some 48 countries will be screened, according to organizers.
Among them, 15 films from 15 countries entered the official competition for the Golden Pyramid.
Besides The House of Flying Daggers, other Chinese films to be screened during the festival include Zhang Yimou's Not One Less (1998), Chen Kaige's Together (2003), Zhang Yang's Shower (2000) and Feng Xiaogang's A Sigh (2000), the report said.