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Cinema of Lebanon

Reports from the Lebanese Pavilion in Cannes

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The Lebanese Pavilion, organized and financed by the Lebanese Ministries of Tourism and Culture, was present at the Cannes Film Festival for the eighth consecutive year. The pavilion hosted Lebanese film industry professionals, as well as institutions and associations working on the promotion of Lebanese cinema, such as the Lebanese Tourism Office in Paris, the Fondation Liban Cinema and the Metropolis association. This year, for the first time, the Lebanese Culture Minister, Gaby Lay...

Arabian Nights in Palm Springs

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  Focus on ARAB CINEMA at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. At the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this year (January 05-16, 2012), a showcase of Arab cinema from North Africa to the Middle East will be screened. The film lineup entitled: ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS: A Showcase from the Middle East’ will premier 11 films from the new wave of pan-Arabic cinema this past year during one of the region’s most explosive and revolutionary per...

Arabian Nights at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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  Focus on ARAB CINEMA at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. At the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this year (January 05-16, 2012), a showcase of Arab cinema from North Africa to the Middle East will be screened. The film lineup entitled: ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS: A Showcase from the Middle East’ will premier 11 films from the new wave of pan-Arabic cinema this past year during one of the region’s most explosive and revolutionary per...

Arab Film Competition Jury for Narrative Film at Third Annual DTFF

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Acclaimed Syrian director Mohammed Malas will be joined by internationally renowned filmmakers and actors to form the Arab Film Competition Jury for Narrative Films at the third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). The news came as the Doha Film Institute (DFI) announced the jury for the inaugural DTFF Arab Documentary Film Competition, which will be led by pioneering and award-winning British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Battle for Haditha, Biggie & Tup...

''The Tree Of Life'' to open Zabaltegi-Pearls Section of San Sebastian International Film Festival

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''The Tree Of Life'', Golden Palm at Cannes Festival, and ''Nader and Simin: A Separation'', Golden Bear at Berlin, in the Zabaltegi-Pearls Section of San Sebastian International Film Festival A selection of some of the finest films screened this year at important international film festivals will be presented in the Zabaltegi-Pearls section at the 59th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival starting Sep.16th with The Tree of life. Here we list the first films selected to com...

DIFF 2010...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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          Muhr Emirati First Prize BORED Director: Nayla Al Khaja United Arab Emirates Second Prize SABEEL Director: Khalid Al Mahmood United Arab Emirates Special Jury Prize HAMAMA Director: Nujoom Alghanem United Arab Emirates Special Mention WIND Director: Waleed Al Shehhi United Arab Emirates Muhr Arab - Feature Best Actress SIX, SEVEN, EIGH...

Jason Blum speaks on 'Independent Features in Global Market'

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After a week in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 14-23) 2010, I am now in London for the BFI LFF.     While screening films here at the BFI LFF, I took the opportunity to go outside of the festival to see Blumhouse Productions' latest super hit, 'Paranormal Activity 2'. And wow, what a pleasant surprise! I love this film. While I appreciated the first, I rave about the sequel. Many people I talk to roll their eyes when they hear 'Paranormal Acti...

Jason Blum speaks on 'Independent Features in Global Market'

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After a week in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 14-23) 2010, I am now in London for the BFI LFF. While screening some fantastic (and some not so fantastic) films here at the BFI LFF, I took the opportunity to go outside of the festival to see Blumhouse Productions' latest super hit, 'Paranormal Activity 2'. And wow, what a pleasant surprise! I love this film. While I appreciated the first, I rave about the sequel. Most people I talk to roll their eyes when they hear 'Paranorm...

Second Annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival Announces Lineup

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During a press conference at the Villaggio Cineplex in Doha this morning, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) announced the Arab Film Competition, the first 30 titles in the World Panorama section, the Arab Short Film Competition and a Special Screening for the 2nd annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). This year the Festival, which runs from 26-30 October, will present a rich showcase including 4 world premieres. Headlining the second edition is award-winning French-Algerian director Rachid Boucha...

The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded with 28 prizes

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28 prizes presented for acting and cinematic excellence The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded on Wednesday night with a glittering award ceremony that honoured the finest acting and cinematic talent from the Arab world, Asia and Africa at the Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica awards. In all, 28 prizes were distributed for excellence in acting, cinematography, editing, music and scriptwriting in addition to the jury general excellence awards. The entries were f...

International Festival of Cinema Euro Arab highlights

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With more of 400 films received and an increase of countries participants, The International Festival of Cinema Euro Arab predicts a VI intense edition in contentsA year more the International Festival of Cinema Euro Arab gives appointment to all the passionate of the cinema. In this VI edition, AMAL has a main number of participants and with the incorporation of new countries that were not present the last year, as it is the case of Greece, Holland, Sweden or Venezuela.In this VI edition of AMA...

Lebanon, I love you

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Real “coup de Coeur” of this beginning of Festival, Je veux voir (I Want To See) by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige is a little cinematographic pearl all in smoothness and sensibility. Screened at “Un Certain regard”, this docu-drama sends Catherine Deneuve (as herself) to the south of Lebanon, a region destroyed by the recent war. Accompanied by Rabih, a young man who comes back to his homeland, she travels across the ruins of a nation, disappeared forever.    F...

Cannes Festival : 15th session of the Cinéfondation Residence

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 Director Sébastien Lifshitz has chosen, along with the jury over which he has presided, among more than 140 candidates, the six new Cinéfondation Residence winners.This 15th session of the Residence will open its doors to four female directors and two male directors, and will accompany them in the scripting of their first or second feature film until February 15th, 2008, and then assist with the actual preparations of their films.- Emily ATEF (Iranian, age 34), with her 2nd feature-film ...

Winners at the Stockholm International Film Festival

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The jury now presents its selection for the 18th Stockholm International Film Festival. The film that leaves Stockholm with the 16 lb Bronze Horse 2007 comes from Romania, and tells a gripping story of illegal abortion and societal control. The Bronze Horse for best feature 2007 goes to 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu. Mungiu’s gripping account of his native Romania and its totalitarian past takes the form of a story about a young woman helping her friend to undergo an illegal ...

Winners of the Black Pearl announced in Abu Dhabi

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INAUGURAL MIDDLE EAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – ABU DHABI BLACK PEARL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCEDProducer Peter Bouckaert, and Director Nic Balthazar of BEN XWinner of the Black Pearl Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000 Michael James Rowland of LUCKY MILESWinner of Black Pearl Jury Prize for Best New Director (Feature Film). The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000Ensemble Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Mouka...

San Sebastian Film Festival Winners

 Tuesday, October 2--------A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS, the latest film from Hong Kong-born and United States-based director Wayne Wang, was the big winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, as the awards were announced on Saturday evening in the Basque coastal resort town. The film won the Festival's Golden Shell as Best Film, also winning a Silver Shell for Best Actor for the film's lead Henry O. The film, based on a short story by award-winning author Yiyun Li, depicts the tensio...

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at San Sebastian

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at the 55th annual San Sebastian film festival in Spain on Saturday.Based on a short story by the same name by award-winning author Yiyun Li, the movie depicts the tensions that follow when a widower from Beijing, Mr Shi, goes to the US to visit his recently divorced daughter Yilan."It was a small film that needed a lot of time to be done because I think films need to br...

New initiatives for Dubai Industry Office

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has introduced a number of new initiatives for its Industry Office, including a Project Market, a producer's training program, and a screenwriting master class.   Under the guidance of Associate Director Jane Williams (industry consultant for reputed organizations such as Cinemart and  The European Commission), the DIFF Industry Office has been designed to provide a platform for information exchange and share of best practice between Arab f...

MED-SCREEN partners with MIFF

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 The Malta International Film Festival is honored to announce the agreement for partnership with a program of Euromed Audiovisual II. This program named Med-Screen will be supporting the section of the festival dedicated to Arab cinema (Arabesk). Within the framework of the Euromed Audiovisual Program of the European Union, the Med-Screen project aims to enhance the visibility of the films originating from 8 Arab countries, and to increase their chances to be commercialized in the partners coun...

Oliver Stone, Nabil El-Maleh and Shah Rukh Khan Selected as DIFF Honourees

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced this year’s festival will honour Oliver Stone, Nabil El-Maleh and Shah Rukh Khan for their outstanding contribution to cinema, as part of the DIFF Salutes programme. DIFF Salutes is a retrospective tribute that celebrates the work of distinguished film makers from Asia, the Arab world, and Hollywood. This follows last year’s In the Spotlight segment, which honoured Oscar-winning American actor Morgan Freeman, the Egyptian "king...

Dubai International Film Festival Goes Competitive

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Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced a new segment that will allow filmmakers to compete for jury prizes.Providing details of the competition categories and submission dates, Neil Stephenson, CEO, Dubai International Film Festival said, “DIFF’s decision to add a competitive component is part of the Festival’s strategy to evolve into an important destination for creative excellence in Arab cinema. “DIFF is developing into a major film event and has a responsibility to ...

Fondation LibanCinéma at the Film Market

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For the second consecutive year, the Fondation LibanCinéma (FLC) is taking part in the Cannes Film Festival by participating in the Film Market, thus providing Lebanese cinema with a bridge towards the international market. Three screenings illustrating the diversity of Lebanese film production are organized as follows: May 23rd at 4 pm, Palais F, 115 mn: Bosta by Philippe Aractingi, best box-office of the year. May 23rd at 8:30 pm, Palais G, 88m:A perfect day by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil...

Nantes 3 Continents has awarded Angel's Fall

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The International Jury of the 27th Festival des 3 Continents composed of : Gela Babluani - georgian director ; Joao Botelho - portuguese director ;Ben Hackworth - australian director ; Stéphane Lerouge - french music producer.Ira Sachs - american producer.has awarded : Golden Montgolfier : "Melegin düsüsü" (Angel's Fall) by Semih Kaplanoglu / Turkey Silver Montgolfier ex-aequo : "A Perfect Day" by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige / Lebanon and "Sayonara Midori-chan" by Tomoyuki Furuyama ...

Locarno Festival of Auteur Cinema

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LOCARNO -- AUTHORS AND PERSONALITIESLocarno is above all a festival of "Auteur” Cinema, a term for which there is no neat equivalent in English other than to say ”authors” (i.e., directors) of personal films not dictated to by the demands of the market place, or of producers, nor made to please anybody but the author of the film himself -- a bit long winded, but the French always seem to have a word for it, especially when it comes to cinema. This being said the name of the game in Loc...

First Dubai Film Festival Ends on High Note

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First Dubai Film Festival Ends on High Note, Impressing Industry Guests, Local Festival-goers, More than 18,000 screening tickets issued during six-day Festival The first Dubai International Film Festival ended on an upbeat note yesterday, with international celebrities and industry executives complimenting DIFF organizers on a promising and successful first Festival, and Festival-goers praising the diversity of cinema brought to these shores for the first time. More than 13,000 people from arou...
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