Nora Armani was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 38th Alexandria Film Festival
The 38th Alexandria Film Festival of Mediterranean Countries, and its director Al Amir Abaza honored actress, and filmmaker Nora Armani at the opening ceremony of the festival's Mahmoud Hemeda edition at the Biblioteca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.
By: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival, Inc
Armani held a Press Conference on Thursday, October 6, at 12:30 PM, and spoke about receiving the award, past television and stage work in Egypt with the late star Gamil Rateb, and stage and TV personality Mohamed Sobhi, her future plans, her own script ready to be filmed and her recent work on the Netflix feature film Absolute Dominion due to be released early 2023. "My roots are here in Egypt, I like the work of Faten Hamama and Soad Hosny. I would be delighted to be back and work in the Hollywood of the Middle East in addition to my work in the USA, France, and Armenia," said the charming actress. A number of interviews for Egyptian TV, and a host of media and print outlets followed the conference.
Armani met with the students and faculty of the Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology (E-JUST) on Sunday, October 9, in Borg El Arab, Alexandria, where she shared her artistic journey and answered students' questions. The session was moderated by Alexandria Film Festival Director, Al Amir Abaza.
Nora Armani was born in Cairo, Egypt, to Armenian parents. A versatile actress with multiple awards, she is a deeply rooted activist and humanitarian. Fluent in six languages, Nora holds two Masters degrees; an MA in Theatre from Hunter College CUNY, and an M.Sc. in Sociology from LSE, University of London, and has a BA from the American University in Cairo. Her actor training includes RADA, UCLA, and numerous workshops such as Ariane Mnouchkine's acclaimed Théâtre du Soleil (Paris) and Simon McBurney's Complicity Theatre (London).
Most recently Nora was filmed for the Netflix feature film Absolute Dominion directed by Lexi Alexander to be released in early 2023. Labyrinth, a feature film in which Nora co-stars with Serge Avedikian, directed by Mikayel Dovlatyan, recently premiered in Armenia and will be released in Paris soon.
Nora's multiple screen credits as an actor include I am Gitmo (Cannes), La Nouvelle Eve (with Karin Viard), Voisin Voisine (with Anemone), Le Coeur à l'Ouvrage (France), Deadline in Seven Days (Armenia), Labyrinth (Armenia), Chasing Taste, Good Funk, Bourek, Last Station, Santa Claus in Baghdad and numerous shorts. She has a powerful screen and stage presence and interprets lead roles in English, French, Armenian, Arabic, and Italian. TV roles include "Black List: Redemption" (NBC), "Casualty" (BBC), "Golden Boy" (CBS), and "Al Asdiqaa - The Friends" (Egyptian TV). A film she directed, iMigrant Woman, won her the Best Woman Filmmaker of a Short award at the Toronto Independent Film Festival (Cift). Her role in Labyrinth has earned her the Best Actress Award at the Syunik Film Festival.
Nora Armani's forthcoming work includes a solo performance in her own English translation of Mercedes and Zaruhi, written in Armenian by Anush Aslibekyan, a playwright and theatre critic from Armenia. Nora will present the play in English at the UnitedSolo Theatre Festival on Theatre Row in an Off-Broadway production. The play is about repatriations to the Soviet Union during Stalin told through the correspondence between two sisters.
Among her expansive stage repertory is the multiple award-winning play Sojourn at Ararat / Le Chant d'Ararat, created with stage partner Gerald Papasian. Recent stage work includes her self-penned, Back on the Couch with Nora Armani, performed on Theatre Row in New York and on tour. Nora has performed plays in over 25 cities on four continents, in multiple languages.
Nora's work as an actress, writer, and director has earned her many awards and accolades but being appreciated in Egypt, her birthplace has special meaning, "It is most important to be appreciated by your own people in your own family, as that is home, and coming home is the warmest of all feelings. My sincere thanks to the director of the festival, film critic Al Amir Abaza, for this special honor that brought tears to my eyes," said the actress. Nora is immensely touched to be awarded in Alexandria where she spent her childhood summers.
Currently, Armani divides her time between the US and France. She is the Founding Artistic Director of one of New York's important film events, the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in March 2023. The festival has screened over 600 films from 40 countries to date.
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