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Two new arab films reviewed, "LUST", (Egypt) and "DEATH FOR SALE" (Morocco)

by Alex Deleon LUST (Al Shooq) is an Egyptian film set in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, on the Mediterranean. However the part of the city we see is no tourist dream -- but a poverty stricken warren of side streets where the central figure, Umm Shooq, a charismatic possessed lady, and her two mod daughters live. When her youngest son falls seriously ill with a kidney condition and needs dialysis treatment --very expensive -- she is forced to beg on the streets to raise the money. When she...

Portrait of Marco Muller Biennale Fest director

  Director/ Marco Müller Born in Rome on 7th June 1953 of Italo-Swiss father and Italo-Greco-Brazilian mother. After a period of university and post-university studies (1971-1975: orientalism and anthropology in Italy; 1975-1977: specialisation and state doctorate in China), he began undertaking research and teaching in Italy (1977-1980: research in the field, ethnological publications, ethnomusicology and visual anthropology; seminars and university cour...

Peter Scarlet to Host World Cinema Series "Cinemondo" on Link TV

Link TV has announced the line-up for the fourth season of "Cinemondo," the nationally broadcast world cinema series hosted and co-curated by renowned festival programmer Peter Scarlet, who was recently appointed to the post of Executive Director of the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in Abu Dhabi. The new season features U.S. television premieres of an outstanding international line-up of independent films from Israel, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, and the first U.S. broa...

Cape Winelands Film Festival at the Labia Theatres

Since the first edition the Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF) has significantly grown in size and international participation. South African cinephiles will have an opportunity to see a rich diversity of films from more than 35 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Belgium, Burkina Faso, the USA, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestine, the UK, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, France, India, Thailand, Turkey, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Russia,...

Kerala 2008 awards

Two Outstanding films from Mexico and Venezuela bagged top honors at 13th International Film Festival of Kerala 2008 awards ceremony.Mexican film “Parque Via” directed by Enrique Rivero was declared best film. His film is a sad tale of loneliness experienced by a caretaker of a large mansion in Mexico City. Enrique Rivero had already won prizes at Locarno and Nantes for this film. Venezuelan filmmaker Mariana Rondon was chosen as best director for her film “Postcards from Leningrad”. Thi...

African Diaspora Film Festival to open November 28th , 2008

      Gospel Hill will open the 16th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival to be held in six venues in Manhattan from November 28 to December 14, 2008. The directorial debut of Giancarlo Esposito, this year’s ADFF Opening Night film will be one of 50 New York City premieres among 86 titles representing 40 countries. In this romantic drama with a stellar cast that includes Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Stiles, Adam...

MEIFF Abu Dhabi ready to open

More than 130 films from 35 countries will be screened at the second edition of the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and being held over an expanded ten enthralling days from 10th to 19th October 2008 in Abu Dhabi.“MEIFF has positioned itself as one of the most important regional cinema events in a relatively short span of time,” said MEIFF’s Vice Chairman and ADACH’s Director General His Excellency Moh...

Rio de Janeiro Film Festival is ready for 15 days of celebration

FESTIVAL DO RIORio de Janeiro Film FestivalSeptember 25 to October 9, 2008 Commencing this Thursday, September 25, the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, embarks on a 15 day celebration of cinema with the start of Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.In presenting over 350 films selected from 60 countries at over 30 different venues across Rio, Festival do Rio digs deep into a rich catalogue of world premieres, Brazil and Latin premieres and tributes and retrospectives ...

Africa in Motion festival launches the AiM2008 film programme

Stop and Stir Arts Ltd is delighted to announce the programme for the third Africa in Motion film festival, taking place from 23 October - 2 November 2008 at Edinburgh Filmhouse. AiM 2008 will be a celebration of Africa’s diverse cinematic output, with a greater focus on under-represented regions and a more adventurous programme than ever before. AiM 2008 will open with Egyptian director Youssef Chahine's feature The Earth (El Ard), as a tribute to the pioneering filmmaker who passed away on 2...

N° 380: September 10, 2008

AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM 65th Venice Film Festival Official Venezia 65 Awards “1.€ for 1 minute” 2008: and the winners are... Hot from Europe nominees for EFA ______________________________________________________________________________________ MORE FESTIVAL NEWS ...

NEWSLETTER N° 376: August 7, 2008

user and Film Festival Locarno in partnership with CFC Media Lab, Telefilm Canada are proud to present Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Film Festival Locarno (August 9 from 11.00 to 12.30 at the Forum) Do not miss The Premiere Panel on digital distribution in association with XDC and featuring Elisabetta Brunella (Me...

NEWSLETTER N° 375: July 31, 2008

user and Film Festival Locarno in partnership with CFC Media Lab, Telefilm Canada are proud to present Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Film Festival Locarno (August 9 from 11.00 to 12.30 at the Forum) Do not miss The Premiere Panel on digital distribution in association with XDC and Visit http://fut...

In memory of Youssef Chahine, from Venice

The 65th Venice International Film Festival is dedicated to Youssef Chahine. In remembrance of the great film maker, his masterpiece Bab el hadid (Cairo Station, 1958) –which stars Chahine himself– will be shown at midnight in the Sala Grande on Sunday August 31st. “He loved the cairote studio system, but chose instead to get the cinema of the Arab world off to a new start, leading it in a different direction and taking all the risks on his own shoulders – even moving over the other sid...

Thessaloniki Spotlight on Middle East

The main Spotlight of the 49th edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival centers on the current cinema of the Middle East. The Middle Eastern region, tantamount to political, religious and social struggles, lies in close geographical proximity to Greece and possesses vital contemporary political significance. It exhibits a cinematic diversity that creates portraits of many distinct histories, identities and conflicts and it is now more than ever revealing its issues and sentiments ...

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Youssef Chahine

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Youssef Chahine, the revered Egyptian auteur who passed away this weekend, with a special Piazza Grande screening of "Al Massir" (Destiny), which screened at the Swiss fest in 1997.A special screening of Al Massir (Destiny) will take place on Thursday August 7 as the second screening on the Piazza Grande –a film that was programmed at the Festival eleven years ago, at the time of its release.«We were greatly saddened at the passing away ...

Youssef Chahine hommage at next Locarno

A special screening of Al Massir (Destiny) will take place on Thursday August 7 as the second screening on the Piazza Grande – a film that was programmed at the Festival eleven years ago, at the time of its release.«We were greatly saddened at the passing away of Locarno’s dear friend, Youssef Chahine, commented Frédéric Maire, the Festival’s Artistic Director. This extraordinary storyteller, who ranged across film genres so brilliantly, commanded admiration also for the courage of the ...

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, dies at 82

Chahine was born into a Christian Egyptian family, a Greek mother and a father of Lebanese descent in Alexandria, Egypt,[2][3] on January 25, 1926.[1] Chahine began his education at a frères' school and continued his studies at the Victoria College. After one year at Alexandria University, he moved to the United States to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse.Starting as a directorAfter returning to Egypt, he turned his attention to directing. Cinematographer Alvise Orfanelli helped Chahine in...

Piazza Grande seats 8000

An enormous Renaissance square that can accommodate over 8,000 viewers every night, the Piazza is both the Festival’s heart and its showcase. With its giant screen, one of the biggest in the world, endowed with truly exceptional projection quality, the Piazza is one of the finest cinemas in Europe, and open-air to boot. Seating Capacity : 8,000 Classic Cinema (16 & ...

MIFF Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

 Thursday, March 6---------Reaching a 25th anniversary is a milestone for any organization. For a film festival, it is a major accomplishment and a vantage point from which to appreciate past triumphs and survey new opportunities. As the Miami International Film Festival celebrated its silver anniversary at the glorious Gusman Center for the Performing Arts last evening, the mood was one of reverence for the past and anticipation for the future. “A Festival is nothing without the involvement ...

Nanni Moretti retrospective at next Locarno

The retrospective for the 61st edition of the Locarno International Film Festival (6 -16 August 2008) will be devoted to the work of the Italian filmmaker, actor and producer Nanni Moretti. This retrospective follows the tradition of major and exhaustive retrospectives of the work of contemporary auteurs held at the Locarno Festival over recent years that alternate with substantial historical monographs and more thematic programmes.These keenly appreciated programmes aim to enable audiences to (...

22e Festival du Film de Bastia Arte Mare

Films et Arts de la Méditerranée17-25 novembre 2007 Les arts méditerranéens dans toutes leurs diversités seront mis à l'honneur du 17 au 25 novembre au cœur d'une des plus belles villes de Corse, lors de la 22e édition du Festival de Bastia - Arte Mare. Depuis plus de vingt ans, Bastia célèbre et honore la culture méditerranéenne. Arte Mare se veut un festival des arts mêlés, faisant la part belle au 7e Art, mais approchant également la littérature, la musique, ...

Les hommages du festival à Yousri Nasrallah et Naguib Mahfuz

Hommage au Prix Nobel de littérature, l’Egyptien Naguib Mahfuz –1911/2006 « L’importance de N. Mahfouz scénariste n’est pas moindre que celle de Mahfuz romancier. Peut-être même que sa présence cinématographique dépasse-t-elle de beaucoup sa présence littéraire. L’écart culturel qui sépare Mahfouz de ceux qui œuvrent dans le cinéma est moindre que celui qui le sépare de ses collègues romanciers. D’un autre côté, le cinéma offre à Mahfuz la possibilité d’influ...

Palmarès des précédentes éditions des JCC

Tanits d'or et films tunisiens primés aux JCC ¨ Tanits d'or des éditions précédentes Un hommage sera rendu à tous les films arabes et africains primés depuis 1966, date de la première édition du Festival de Carthage. 2002 : Le prix du pardon de Mansour Sora Wade - Sénégal 2000 : Dolé de Imunga Ivanga - Gabon 1998 : Vivre au paradis de Bourlem Guerdjou - Algérie 1996 : Salut cousin de Merzak Allouache - Algérie 1994 : Les silences du palais de Moufida Tlatli - Tu...

Humbert Balsan EFA Chairman dies 50

EFA sent its 2500 members the following message announcing the death of the French Producer Humbert Balsan who was found dead in his offices in Paris."The Board of the European Film Academy had the sad duty of informing you that our Chairman Humbert Balsan has died in Paris yesterday, on February 10. We are all in shock about the suddenness of this loss and will miss a great colleague and friend. The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Academy will present a special screenin...

Montreal unveils World Competition

MONTREAL UNVEILS PROMISING WORLD COMPETITIONA new film by the team that brought us the stunning French documentary Microcosmos, Carlos Saura 's return to socially conscious cinema, and the latest from Aussie underrated actor Hugo Weaving are among the premieres that will highlight the competition of the Montreal World Film Festival.Away from the hype to which film festivals are increasingly succumbing, Montreal has developed a reputation for offering a platform to filmmakers whose work has not b...