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‘BAAD EL MAWKEAA’ (‘AFTER THE BATTLE’, 2012) Cannes presentation

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BAAD EL MAWKEAA (AFTER THE BATTLE) at Cannes 2012

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   The French-Egyptian co-production ‘BAAD EL MAWKEAA’ (‘AFTER THE BATTLE’, 2012) held its world premier at the 65th Cannes film festival in competition. Egytian director Yousry Nasrallah and cast attended a press conference on May 17th, 2012. Read an excerpt of the conference below: Q: Did you have the feeling that you might have consequences from making this movie? Nahed: Yes. With every movie. But I feel an artist freedom and I enjoy it so I can’t fight. Q:...

‘BAAD EL MAWKEAA’ (‘AFTER THE BATTLE’, 2012)

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Baad el Mawkeaa (After the Battle) showing at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17

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    BAAD EL MAWKEAA (AFTER THE BATTLE)  SYNOPSIS: Mahmoud was one of the horsemen coerced by lowly henchmen for Mubarak's regime into carrying out attacks on protesters in Tahrir Square on February 2, 2011. He has since lost his job. Humiliated and ostracized, he lives near the Pyramids with his wife and sons. His family is on the brink of despair when he meets Reem, a secular Egyptian divorcee who works in advertising. She is a fervent revolutiona...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL (11.04.2012) • PROGRAMMES WERE MADE IN ADVANCE There were a number of events in the festival yesterday. Festival audience who determined their priorities not to get lost in the programme had another amazing day! • MUSIC AND CINEMA WORKSHOP AT SALON A workshop was given by the acclaimed film music composer Nathan Larson, whose filmography includes a number of soundtracks, together with renowned Turkish contemporary and electronic mu...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL • MORE EXTENSIVE PROGRAMMES FROM THE FESTIVAL EVERYDAY!!! Festival audience had another tiresome but enjoyable day. It was a day full of presentations and events! • PRESS MEETING WITH THE JURY National Competition Jury met with the press yesterday at 10.00, and afterwards the International Competition Jury was before the press at 11.00. During the press meeting with the moderator Azize Tan, Istanbul Film Festival director, questions w...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL(09.04.2012) • A FULL WEEK AGAIN!!! Second week of the festival presents a programme even more intense than the first day. • STREET DOGS FROM THE DIRECTOR WITH GOLDEN PALM Who remembers the street dogs exterminated in 1910 for the sake of modernisation? How is the life for street dogs today and how will it be in the future? Director Serge Avédikian looks for an answer to that question... Dogs Story was at 11.00 at Fitaş 1 with the pa...

Interview with SHERIF MANDOUR, on cinema in Revolutionary Egypt.

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  SHERIF MANDOUR, A Revolutionary Filmmaker in Revolutionary Egypt.   In the ancient land and rapidly transforming lifestyle of modern Egypt, producer Sherif Mandour is a man of his time. Apart from achieving worldwide acclaim, his last three films produced were predicting the revolution, a revolution from without and within. Through his longtime career in cinema, Mandour had worn many hats as an actor, director, distributor, commercial voiceover, producer and most...

'just Talking' at 14th TDF, March 12th, 2012

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            photo still from '1/2 REVOLUTION' (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS-   The Just Talking session of the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival of Monday, March 12 was coordinated by renowned producer and journalist Peter Wintonick; participating were the directors Stelios Kouloglou (Oligarchy), Daan Veldhuizen (Stories from Lakka Beach), Maria Paz Gonzalez ...

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival focus

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In January 2012, DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival brings fresh and topical documentary films from all over the world to the screens of Helsinki's cinemas.The selection of documentary films dealing with the present situation and the cultural issues of the Arab World sinks its teeth into the events of the Arab Spring and the changes in the Islamic culture. For example, Tahrir - Liberation Square (2011) follows the demonstrators for two weeks at the occupied Tahrir Square showing the...

Freedom? Arabic focus on the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival

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The focus for the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival is the Arabic-speaking region. The idea for an Arabic focus was already born at the festival in 2011, during which the demonstrations at Tahrir Square in Cairo proceeded at full throttle. Eight films within this theme are currently ready for the coming festival in 2012. Since December 2010, country after country in the Arab world has undergone political upheaval. International observers agree that the Arab Spring is...

Leipzig Festival to focus on Documentary Films from the Arab World

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    The Reality of a Revolution - Documentary Films from the Arab World   In its focus on the Arab world, DOK Leipzig features films from Tunisia and Egypt The upheaval in the Arab world is far from over, yet the 54th DOK Leipzig will be presenting the first documentary films from Tunisia and Egypt. Six films will be shown in the Focus on the Arab Spring which is part of the Official Programme. Most of the films will come to Leipzig straight out of the cutting room....

Film Festival News Break...Cairo, Egypt!

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  I posted this article (below) back in October after having attended the screening of this documentary, Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace (2009), at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010. In light of the recent controversy in Egypt and impinging further contention, I feel that this film could not have been released at a better time, nor can it be more relevant. A fellow filmmaker and Cairo native stated this in regards to the situation as is today: "The difference betwee...

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