The Selfies Interviews: Payman Maadi
Byon Mon Sep 1, 2014
Payman Maadi is well known to international audience for his role as Nader in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film ‘A Separation’.
‘DIFF FILM NIGHTS’ AT MARAYA ART CENTRE THIS RAMADAN
Tue Jul 1, 2014
DIFF is teaming up with the Maraya Art Centre to offer audiences a unique chance to enjoy a special screening of shorts put together for the holy month of Ramadan featuring short films from Canada, UAE, KSA, Qatar, Kuwait, Tunisia, and the Philippines on Wednesday, July 9th at 9:30 pm.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents “Arab Cinema Classics”
Sun Jun 8, 2014
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will present “Arab Cinema Classics,” a two-day screening series of the best in Arab film on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 21, at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.
Groundbreaking in Cannes: ‘The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375’
Byon Fri May 23, 2014
After the great momentum gained last year in the Festival de Cannes with Hany Abu-Assad’s Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner ‘Omar’, I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed at how light the program is this year with Arab cinema and MENA titles. Of course, there was a grand presentation of Selma Hayak’s upcoming animated version of Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece ‘The Prophet’ (still a work-in-progress) and there were titles like Abderrahmane Sissako’s ‘Timbuktu’, the Syrian documentary project ‘Silvered Water’ and ‘Winter Sleep’ by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which all gained good reviews and excited audiences. But I still personally felt a bit let down, since none really represented what the nurturing arms of the Gulf region organizations can do, the way ‘Omar’ did, because of its support from DIFF’s Enjaaz in post-production, or ‘My Sweet Pepper Land’ by Hiner Saleem, which had help from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival SANAD fund.
Challat of Tunis at ACID in Cannes: Urban Legend or True Lunatic?
Byon Mon May 19, 2014
Kaouther Ben Hania's film Challat of Tunis screened in front of an overpacked, sold-out audience this year in Cannes, part of the ACID program. ACID is a French film directors association that helps films find an audience, but also distribution and more screening options. In this, Challat of Tunis was the perfect choice, as their successful opening night event proved, beyond all doubts.
‘Grace of Monaco’ Is Not a Predictable Princess Story but a Lesson in Life
Byon Thu May 15, 2014
Call For Applications Biennale College – Cinema
Tue May 13, 2014
Open: May 6th – July 1st 2014
Ten Reasons I’m Looking Forward to Cannes this Year
Byon Mon May 5, 2014
Cannes is undoubtedly a name that conjures up images of glamour, celebrities and French Riviera joie-de-vivre. Yet when I see those ten plus days in the middle of May fast approaching on my calendar, along with my excitement I also feel a bit of dread. There is no festival quite like the Festival de Cannes. And the reasons it's so are a mixture of incredible films, a cinematic market like no other, premieres and events that run back to back and seem to go on forever, and the unbelievable crowds of journalists, media professionals, producers, distributors and celebrities in attendance. In simpler words, from the mouth of one lone writer with a passion for cinema, incredibly stressful.
Around the World in 10 Film Festivals
Byon Sun Apr 27, 2014
The best film festivals offer something for everyone: cutting-edge indies, celebrity spotting, desirable location, late-night parties. As the Tribeca Film Festival enters its final stretch, we preview 10 of the world’s most travel-worthy cinema events, from Cannes to Sydney.
Discovering the Best Arab Film of All Times, in Florence
Byon Thu Apr 17, 2014
When the Dubai International Film Festival unveiled back in November its list of the “100 Best Arab Films of All Times” I was surprised to see ‘Al-Mummia’ (The Mummy) by Chadi Abdel Salam grab the coveted number one spot. Personally, I thought the position would belong to someone like Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, who has simply reinvented the seventh art as a whole, and turned the concept of world cinema upside down with his work. I secretly wondered how a film shot in 1969 Egypt could embody the same magic as Suleiman’s contemporary masterpieces, and rise to the top of the charts in a book aptly named ‘Cinema of Passion’. But of course, I hadn’t yet watched ‘The Mummy -- The Night of Counting the Years’.