The Cairo International Film Festival (November 20-29) has announced the opening film of its 40th edition will be the Middle East Premiere of Green Book starring award-winning actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. The film is directed by Peter Farrelly- best known for such works as Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, which he co-directed with his brother, Bobby Farrelly.
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Green Book is described via an official festival press release as a “crowd-pleasing, heart-warming comedy-drama” that will “raise the curtain on the landmark edition at the Cairo Opera House on Tuesday 20th November.”
It is based on a true story and is set in the US in the ’60s – a time when segregation and discrimination was the norm. It received the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, following in the footsteps of such major motion pictures as Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and American Beauty, among others.
Mortensen plays a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, hired to drive a world-class pianist, played by Ali, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. On their journey, they will be confronted by racism and danger, as they rely on the title “green book,” a guidebook to the few establishments that were then safe and accessible for African Americans.
“Peter Farrelly is a genius who has found worldwide fame for his extraordinary comedies in collaboration with his brother Bobby Farrelly and I am thrilled to be opening our landmark edition with such an exceptional film,” says Artistic Director of the Cairo International Film Festival, Cherif Rizkallah in an official statement.
“His latest feature presents a whole new level of artistry with a technically exquisite film that addresses a serious issue, but that also manages to remain light-headed and entertaining from beginning to end.”
Green Book is produced by DreamWorks and Participant Media. It was co-written by Peter Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Nick Vallelonga. The latter is the son of Tony Vallelonga, the protagonist of the events upon which the film is based.