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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 …

Daily News Egypt

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, …

Daily News Egypt

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 …

Daily News Egypt

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 …

Daily News Egypt

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

The Hurt Locker: Hellish Paradise

Having watched it for the second time yesterday, I am still as captivated as I was five years ago when I first watched it. The Hurt Locker, which is slang in the military for an emotional place of unfathomable pain, is the title given to Kathryn Bigelow’s 2010’s Oscar-winning film. The film follows a group …

Farida El-Sayed

Ai Weiwei’s ‘Human Flow’ makes Oscar shortlist

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei first began work on his powerful refugee documentary using his smartphone camera, until he was joined by a German producer. “Human Flow” is now among 15 contenders for Best Documentary at the Oscars. Filmed over a year, armed with drones, his iPhone, and about 200 crew members, Weiwei visited more than …

Daily News Egypt

Lemon Tree: camera as tool to deconstruct borders in Arab-Israeli conflict

Lemon Tree brings the camera to the borders. The film takes place at the separation line, or the “Green Line”, that separates the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank from Israel. Unlike the checkpoints, the borders are not owned by any side. However, the ones who control the regulations on whom and what should …

Adham Youssef

Fragments of Broken Glass

In Elia Suleiman’s first feature film, Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996), he depicts Palestinians through the theatre of everyday life. He does so by steering the film via fragmented and observational snippets of mundane life in the occupied territories. The seemingly unrelated vignettes, that lack introductions or conclusions, penetrate the livelihood of Palestinians that live …

Farida El-Sayed

The Hurt Locker: how to use film to create pro-war propaganda?

Somewhere in Iraq, a soldier steps forward to disable a bomb, some tension rises and then boom, the bomb explodes. After his death, the main protagonist of the film Sergeant William appears to take the lost one’s place. William is a stubborn, sarcastic, well-trained explosives expert who is always fixing issues even when he does …

Mohammed Tarek

‘Western’: a feminine critique of the male ego 

Opening the sidebar program of the Cannes Film Festival, “Un Certain Regard”, Valeska Grisebach’s film “Western” investigates ideas of ownership, xenophobia, and masculinity, in a way that reflects some modern tensions between eastern and western Europe. After disappearing for ten years, director Valeska Grisebach returned in the 2017 edition of the Canne Film Festival, after …

Adham Youssef

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