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Ismailia International Film Festival prepares for 20th edition

Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Short Films is due to be held from 11-17 April, with a selection of films from around the world. Essam Zakaria, the festival’s president, said that a new programme will be introduced, in which a number of documentaries, shorts, and animation films that won prizes during the festival’s …

Daily News Egypt

Sarah Francis’ Dead Dog wins CineGouna award at Beirut Cinema Platform 

CineGouna Platform presented award to Dead Dog by Sarah Francis at Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP). The award will guarantee the film’s automatic selection as part of CineGouna Springboard. “El Gouna Film Festival aims to support Arab filmmakers and Arab cinema through the CineGouna platform; therefore, we are excited to be supporting Beirut Cinema Platform through …

Mohamed Samir

Gender inequality in film

Women are still at a disadvantage in the film industry, underrepresented in key creative positions, according to several equality-focused rights group, whose discourse has been coming back to the surface in recent years. Along with sexual harassment in the film industry, there is a huge gap in female representation in the media. The New York …

Daily News Egypt

11th Cairo International Women’s Film Festival’s kicks off 

The 11th edition of the Cairo International Women’s Film Festival kicked off on Saturday with screenings extending until 9 March. The festival will screen 54 films from 34 different countries including feature, documentary, and animated films. On Saturday, the festival opened with the Algerian film Until the End of Time, with the attendance of its …

Shaimaa Raafat

Luxor African Film Festival: Cinema for a better tomorrow

The Luxor African Film Festival is an annual celebration of films, art, and criticism, while keeping a close eye on African cinema and its different contemporary issues. The festival has been building up momentum to reach out to different artists and filmmakers from the African continent, to bridge the gap between Arabic-speaking African countries and …

Adham Youssef

Luxor African Film Festival to kick off 16 March

The Luxor African Film Festival held a press conference on Sunday announcing its full programme and schedule for its seventh edition, due to begin on 16 March. The festival is organised by the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF), which was founded in 2006 and aims at developing capable film artists across Egypt. According to the festival’s …

Daily News Egypt

Young Karl Marx resurrected

The year 2017 witnessed several well-made films, from the perspective of international film critics. Nevertheless, the unique experience of Haitian director Raoul Peck deserves a special reception and a thorough analysis. In the film, he showed, with exquisite craftsmanship and cinematic techniques, the sincerity and love which he made his well-received film with. The Young …

Mona Yousry

Highlights of Sundance Film Festival lineup

Sundance Film Festival has kick-started the global string of film festivals. Showcasing independent films, this year, it features eight German co-productions, as well as movies directed by stars Ethan Hawke and Idris Elba. Sundance Film Festival in Utah, held this year from January 18 to January 28, is renowned for offering a platform for “bold, …

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India ditches compulsory national anthem at cinema

India’s compulsory playing of its national anthem before cinema screenings has been dashed by the Supreme Court. It has, however, stipulated that audiences will stand briefly when movie halls drop the patriotic tune. Indian media reported widespread relief last week over the removal of assertive nationalism in cinemas imposed in 2016 under the Hindu right-wing …

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Rotterdam masterclasses announced, Taxi Driver’s Paul Schrader to give talk

The International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 will present insightful and urgent talks and masterclasses by prominent names from the world of international cinema. Many of the events will be held as part of the IFFR’s Talks. In the masterclasses, three cinematic heavyweights will share their wisdom concerning the art of film. Artistic polymath Alfredo Jaar, …

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People go the cinema during celebrations for Eid Al-Adha (Photo by Hassan Ibrahim)

39 Egyptian films produced in 2017

Egyptian cinema industry witnessed a very successful year in 2017, with 39 films produced, compared to 26 films in 2016, which makes 2017 the highest film production record since 2011 revolution. The films achieved a total revenue of EGP 237m. The highest film yields went for Ahmed Ezz’s “El Khaleya” which means the cell, with …

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Ridley Scott’s cult films

British director Ridley Scott is a master of Hollywood cinema. His latest movie All the Money in the World is now coming to the cinemas. Here are some of his masterpieces. Recast: All the Money in the World After American actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of abusing him three decades ago, and a number …

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Photocopy: the taste of a life lived!

Through a wonderful mix of videography, local history, and music, Photocopy director Tamer Ashry takes us on a wonderful journey in time. The film is imbued with Faried el-Atrash songs and scenes of the culturally rich and relatively old Abdo Pasha area of Cairo, with its old-fashioned “gad3ana”—the remains of a good trait in Egyptians …

Yosra El-Zoghby

Films shortlisted for foreign-language Oscar

Nine films have made it into the final list vying for an Academy Award nomination in the foreign language category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist on Thursday, with films from Lebanon, Chile, Hungary, Senegal, Sweden, South Africa, Russia, Germany, and Israel. The nine films were chosen from a longer …

Adham Youssef