The Alexandria Film Festival will honor actress Nora Armani with a Lifetime Achievement Award
NEW YORK, NY-Actress Nora Armani will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of The Alexandria Film Festivalof the 38th edition to be held on Wednesday, October 5 at 8 p.m. at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, under the auspices and in the presence of the Minister of Culture Dr. Nevin Al-Kilani, the Governor of Alexandria Major General Mohamed Al-Sharif and a host of Egyptian, Arab and European film stars. The 38th edition of the Alexandria Film Festival is named after Egyptian star Mahmoud Hemida.
Armani was born in Cairo, Egypt to Armenian parents. As well as being a multi-award winning and versatile actress, she is a deeply rooted activist and humanitarian.
More recently, Armani was filmed for the Netflix feature film absolute dominance directed by Lexi Alexander. Labyrintha feature film directed by Mikayel Dovlatyan in which Armani co-stars with Serge Avedikian, was recently presented in a new version at the Golden Apricot Film Festival in Armenia.
Armani’s multiple screen credits as an actor also include i am gitmo (Canes), The New Eve (with Karin Viard), Neighbor Neighbor (with Anemone), The Heart at Work (France), Deadline in seven days (Zhamketeh Yot Or), Labyrinth (Labirintos), chasing the taste, good funk, Bourek, Last station (Verjin Kayan), Santa Claus in Baghdad and many short films such as lazy people, Moving stories, cross the line, electronic check, Illusion, Salam Shalom and Hunger. She has a strong screen presence and has performed leading roles in American, French, British, Czech, Armenian and Egyptian films and television series, appearing with Gamil Ratib, Simon Abkarian, Gerald Papasian, Salah Saadany, Mohammed Sobhi and Armen Djigarlkhanyan, among others.
Armani’s TV roles include ‘Black List: Redemption’ (NBC), ‘Casualty’ (BBC), ‘Golden Boy’ (CBS) and ‘Al Asdiqaa – The Friends’ (Egyptian TV) and numerous talk show appearances. -shows in the United States, Armenia, Egypt and France. A film she directed, iMigrant womanearned her the award for best director of a short film at the Toronto Independent Film Festival (Cift).
Armani is fluent in six languages and holds two master’s degrees: one in theater from Hunter College CUNY and the other in sociology from LSE, University of London. She completed her undergraduate studies at the American University in Cairo. Armani trained as an actor at RADA and UCLA and in numerous workshops, including Ariane Mnouchkine’s famous Théâtre du Soleil (Paris) and Simon McBurney’s Complicity Theater (London).
Armani divides his time between the United States and France. She has performed on four continents and continues to perform in multiple languages. She is the founding artistic director of one of New York’s major film events, the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NYwhich celebrates its tenth anniversary in March 2023. The festival has screened more than 600 films from 40 countries, including Egyptian films.
Armani has also produced films that have screened at the Cannes Film Festival (Haifa – Rashid Masharawy), Rotterdam, London, Paris, AFI Los Angeles, Edinburgh Festivals and independently. Despite a diverse career in film production, Armani describes herself primarily as an actress. Her stage work earned her critical and public acclaim, as well as numerous awards, and her on-screen roles earned her the Best Actress award at Syunik for the film. Labyrinth.
Armani’s extensive stage repertoire includes Shakespeare, Shaw, Hammerstein, Molière, Chekhov, Guitry, Pinter, Labiche, Gallaire, Pirandello, Aslibekyan and his own plays. Among his many works is the two-time award-winning piece Stay in Ararat / The Song of Ararat, which she and her stage partner Gerald Papasian created. The play premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and continued in Avignon in its English and French versions, respectively, winning awards and touring to over 25 cities on four continents in both versions. Armani’s recent stage work includes his self-penned solo play, Back on the couch with Nora Armaniplayed at Theater Row in New York.
Armani’s work as an actress, screenwriter and director has deservedly earned her many prestigious awards and accolades, but to be appreciated in her hometown with a Lifetime Achievement Award has a special meaning. “It is very important to be appreciated by your own family and your own people because this is your home, and coming home is the warmest of all feelings. My sincere thanks to the director of the festival, film critic El Amir Abaza, for this special honor which brought tears to my eyes.