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Fire? What Fire? Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival Parties Like It’s 2019

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Naman Ramachandran The fire that engulfed a section of Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival’s Festival Plaza on Wednesday turned out to be a minor deterrent as the event’s fifth anniversary got off to a rousing start on Thursday.The fire, the cause of which has not yet been confirmed but is possibly a short circuit, was contained swiftly, with Samih Sawiris, chair of festival parent company Orascom Development Holding, personally supervizing repairs.

By the end of the process, it was like a fire had never happened.Variety spoke to a selection of attendees including jury members, film festival programmers, journalists and local staff about the fire and none of them expressed any safety concerns.Sawiris was very much in evidence during the.

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