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‘Weldi’ screens at Directors’ Fortnight

Mohamed Ben Attia’s film “Weldi” (Dear Son) screened on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival at the Théâtre Croisette within the Directors’ Fortnight programme, which will conclude the events of the festival. Weldi follows Riadh, who is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he …

Adham Youssef

Salma Hayek demands male film industry workers receive pay cut

Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek, who is a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment in the film business, said on Sunday during a lecture parallel to the Cannes Film Festival that male individuals in the film industry should get less pay in an effort to be equal to their female counterparts. She made the statement a day …

Adham Youssef

Christopher Nolan opens up about his film philosophy in Cannes

Christopher Nolan, the writer-director who was nominated several times for Oscars and renowned for his innovative cinema, opened up about his experiences as a director in one of the masterclasses held at the Cannes Film Festival. He was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd who stood for hours awaiting the event. The British director spoke about …

Adham Youssef

Four masterclasses to be held during Cannes Film Festival

During the 2018 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, four meetings with artists will take place at the Buñuel Theatre. The four masterclasses will held by directors and actors invited to share their work and passion about cinema during a rendezvous for the festival goers, according to the festival, adding that the four film professionals …

Daily News Egypt

Al Jam’aia: Attempt to deconstruct Rawd Al Farag neighbourhood

Poverty is not a defect. This is a foregone conclusion but the resistance to social problems caused by poverty is a matter of reflection. This is what happened with the Lebanese-Egyptian director Reem Saleh in her first long documentary film, “Al Jam’aia” (The Money Pool), which was first screened in the Panorama section at the …

Rasha Hosny

Ismailia Film Festival honours late film critic Ali Abu Shadi

The Ismailia Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts held on Monday a seminar to honour renowned film critic Ali Abu Shadi as part of its 20th edition. The festival’s director and film critic, Issam Zakaria, said that Abu Shadi played a great role in establishing and supporting the Ismailia Film Festival. Abu Shadi died in …

Daily News Egypt

Remembering prominent Czech director Milos Forman

Oscar-winning Czech-born film director Milos Forman, known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, died early this week, aged 86. Born in the Czech town of Caslav in 1932, Forman moved to the US after the communist government’s crackdown on the 1968 uprising known as the Prague Spring took place and he was eventually …

Daily News Egypt

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