I am afraid to forget your face

A film by

Egypt/France/Qatar/Belgium / 15' / 09/2020 / fiction

After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes. 

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Sameh Alaa

Biography

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Sameh studied German literature at Cairo University. Before moving to Europe, he worked as an assistant director in advertisement and feature films. In 2016, he finished his MA in filmmaking at EICAR film school in Paris. Sameh’s first short film FIFTEEN premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and won several awards around the world.  In 2019 he made his first advertisement campaign as a writer and director. His last short film I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE, is the first Egyptian film in 50 years to be selected for the Official Short Film Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2020. Sameh is currently developing his debut feature film.

Filmography

  • Fifteen – 2017 – short film
  • I am afraid to forget your face – 2020 – short film
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Crew

Director: Sameh Alaa
Screenplay: Sameh Alaa
Producers: Muhammad Taymour, Mark Lotfy
Co-producers: Ahmed Zayan, Martin Jerome
Cinematographer: Giorgos Valsamis
Sound Recording: Sameh Nabil
Sound Design: Moataz Al Qammari
Editor: Yasser Azmy
Composer: Universal daughters cover
Production Designer: Shaimaa Magdy
Cast: Seif Hemeda, Nourhan Ahmed

Festivals

  • Cannes Film Festival, France (27 – 29 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Won: Palme D’Or for Best Short Film
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain (18 – 26 September, 2020)
    Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section
  • Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland (24 September – 4 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Moscow International Film Festival, Russia (1 – 8 October, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition Won: Best Short Film
  • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium (2 – 9 October, 2020)
    Competition Special Mention
  • Curtocircuíto – International Film Festival, Spain (3 – 11 October, 2020)
    Radar Official Competition
  • Film Fest Gent, Belgium (13 – 24 October, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden (19 – 25 October, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey (23 – 30 October, 2020)
    International Short Fiction Competition
  • El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt (23 – 31 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Won: Best Arab Short Film
  • Izmir International Short Film Festival, Turkey (2 – 7 November, 2020)
    International Fiction Competition
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland (3 – 8 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Sulmona International Film Festival, Italy (4 – 7 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Cinemaforum, Poland (4 – 8 November, 2020)
    Main Competition
  • ALCINE 2020 – Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Spain (6 – 13 November, 2020)
    European Competition
  • Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia (8 – 15 November, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Spain (13 – 20 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Ajyal Film Festival, Qatar (18 – 23 November, 2020)
    Bader Competition
  • Cinemamed – Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles, Belgium (26 November – 6 December, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Won: Youth Jury Prize
  • London Film Week, United Kingdom (1 – 7 December, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Won: Jury Prize
  • Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (2 – 10 December, 2020)
    Cinema of Tomorrow – out of Competition
  • Passaggi d’autore: intrecci mediterranei, Italy (3 – 8 December, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Bogotá Short Film Festival, Colombia (8 – 15 December, 2020)
    Collections Competition
  • MyART Film Festival, Italy (9 -12 December, 2020)
    Competition Special Mention
  • Cine4All Fest, Egypt (20 – 24 December, 2020)
  • Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuania (14 – 17 January, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Beirut Shorts International Film Festival, Lebanon (18 – 20 January, 2021)
    Official Competition Won: Best Director
  • Jerusalem Arab Film Festival, Palestine (20 – 24 January, 2021)
    Competition Won: Best Short Film
  • Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Australia (22 January – 31 January, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France (29 January – 6 February, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Arthouse Asia Film Festival, India (14 – 21 February, 2021)
    International Short Competition Won: Best International Short Film
  • Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland (3 – 14 March, 2021)
    Competition Special Mention
  • Miami Film Festival, United States (5 – 14 March, 2021)
    Official Competition
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (22 – 28 March, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Akbank Short Film Festival, Turkey (22 March – 1 April, 2021)
    International Competition Won: Best International Short Film
  • Panorama des cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient, France (23 March – 11 April, 2021)
  • Rencontres Internationales De Cinéma, France (25 March – 2 April, 2021)
    Official selection
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong (1 – 12 April, 2021)
    Short Film Competition
  • European Film Festival of Lille, France (2 – 7 April, 2021)
    Competition
  • Malmö Arab Film Festival, Sweden (6 – 11 April, 2021)
    Short Film Competition
  • 2ANNAS – Riga International Short Film Festival, Latvia (9 – 15 April, 2021)
    International Short Film Competition
  • ALFilm – Arab Film Festival of Berlin, Germany (21 – 30 April, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Busan International Short Film Festival, South-Korea (21 – 26 April, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Atlanta Film Festival, United States (22 April – 2 May, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • New Directors/New Films, United States (28 April – 8 May, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Do Ut Des Film Festival, Italy (8 – 9 May, 2021)
    Main Competition Won: Best Short Film Award
  • Toronto Arab Film Festival, Canada (27 – 30 May, 2021)
    International Competition
  • FCAT – Festival de Cine Africano, Spain (28 May – 6 June, 2021)
    Short Film Competition
  • Prague Short Film Festival, Czech Republic (2 – 27 June, 2021)
    International Competition
  • REGARD – International Short Film Festival Saguenay, Canada (7 – 30 June, 2021)
    Competition
  • Zubroffka – International Short Film Festival, Poland (9 – 13 June, 2021)
    World Wide Section
  • Huesca International Film Festival, Spain (11 – 19 June, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Cinema Jove – Festival Internacional de Valencia, Spain (18 – 26 June, 2021)
    Short Film Official Section
  • Figari Film Fest, Italy (18 – 27 June. 2021)
    International Competition
  • International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva, Switzerland (21 – 27 June, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest, United States (22 – 28 June, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • SAFAR Film Festival, United Kingdom (1 – 10 July, 2021)
  • Shorts International Film Festival, Italy (2 – 10 July, 2021)
    Maremetraggio Section
  • Filmfest Dresden, Germany (13 – 18 July, 2021)
    Open Air Screening
  • Belgian Film Festival, France (16 – 22 July, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Andaras Traveling FilmFestival, Italy (20 – 25 July, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Prato Film Festival, Italy (26 – 31 July, 2021)
    Competition

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