The Knight and the Princess , Egypt s first animation production, will be screened during the third annual El-Gouna Film Festival, taking place between 19 and 27 September in the coastal city of Hurghada.
"This is the first Arab animation film. It s a dream we ve always waited for," stated Iraqi director of the festival Inteshal Al-Tamimi, confirming that the film will debut properly at the important event.
The film will be in cinemas srtarting October. It is written and directed by Bashir El-Deek with illustration done by iconic cartoonist Mustafa Hussein.
"It took us 20 years to finish the movie and despite all our challenges we were determined to make the dream come true," stated the film producer Abbas Ibn El-Abbass.
The Knight and the Princess is an adventure that occurs in the 7th century. It has been dubbed by many stars including Mohamed Henedy, Samir Ghanem, Medhat Saleh, Donia Samir Ghanem, Maged El-Kedwany, Addel-Rahman Abou-Zahrah and Abla Kamel with even the late Said Saleh and Amina Rezk.
"Just hosting a film for Bashir El-Deek is a great addition tothe festival, and we re honored to premier the first animations made by Arabs," stated the festival s artistic director Amir Ramses.