Marianne Khoury

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A mother and her daughter explore together the trajectory of four generations of women from their family, an Egyptian family from the Levant where life and cinema have been intimately linked and still are. A cross look between family archives where the real (...)


A Cairo-based filmmaker, Marianne Khoury gravitated towards the cinema world soon after graduating with a degree in Economics pursued both in Cairo and Oxford . For more than three decades, Marianne has been a close collaborator of iconic filmmaker Youssef Chahine . She produced and co-produced around 30 feature films and documentaries that won several awards in regional and international festivals . In 2010, she directed ZELAL on individual and societal perceptions of the mentally ill, raising questions about the concept of madness itself. The film was an official entry in the Venice Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI at the Dubai Film Festival and the RAI Broadcasting award at PRIMED 2011. Often acting as a conduit between artists and the cinema industry, Marianne was instrumental in introducing the first edition of the Panorama of the European Film in Cairo in 2004. Ten years later, she founded ZAWYA, the first art house cinema in Egypt . Her last initiative, The Dahshur Workshops , is dedicated to the mentoring and development of films made by emerging Egyptian and arab talent. Marianne served as a jury in major festivals and as a consultant to several prominent cultural institutions.