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Egyptian Cinema at the Ankara Film Festival.

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Organized by The World Mass Media Research Foundation and supported by Turkish Ministry of Culture, the 23rd. Ankara International Film Festival will take place between 15 – 22nd March. Festival will be showcasing a special selection of the latest Egyptian Cinema which will include films that address contemporary cultural movements and social sentiments across the Egyptian landscape. Without a doubt, one of most talked about issues of the 2011 was, collapsing of the thirty year d...

Pacha Pictures launch at 64th Cannes Film Festival

This was the new Pacha Pictures launch at 64th Cannes Film Festival. Pacha Pictures is a new Cairo (and Paris) basedsales/distribution company set in place to give focus on Middle Eastern and Egyptian films and see to it thatthey acquire world distribution deals. They will start with about 15 titles a year and grow. Leave it to the Egyptiansto set new trends in every way! producer of MICROPHONE (2010) Khaled Abol Na

MICROPHONE in Copenhagen

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) was featured at this year's CPHPIX in Copenhagen.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...  creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" which had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival tiff10! ...

Meditations On The Middle East

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  678 (Mohamed Diab, Egypt)  There is no doubt that we are living in historic times. The political and social upheaval in the Middle East and northern Africa are among the most stunning events of the new millennium, and it still remains unclear whether this will herald a period of unprecedented stability and its complete opposite. Helping us to understand the turmoil and the inner lives of those cultures, four films in the New Directors/New Film series, entering its first weekend...

Microphone - International Competition in 51st TIFF (Thessaloniki Film Festival)

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) runs in International Competition this year at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" (2010) which is touring festivals worldwide th...

Microphone to Toronto

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) will be featured at this year's TIFF.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...  creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" They just printed their first 35mm print one week ago, and are very excited...

Heliopolis

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  Heliopolis (2009) is an indie film made by first-time director Ahmad Abdalla about the lives of five different characters living in Cairo's upper class Greek district of Heliopolis. While none of their lives overlap, they all share the same feelings of loneliness and stangnancy in contemporary Cairo life. When I met and spoke with Ahmad at the PSIFF 2010, the first thing I told him was how much I loved the film. Really, I was annoyed with myself by the midpoint of ...

Heliopolis

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Director: Ahmad Abdalla.
The name in Arabic: Masr El Gedida is a pun, because, as mentioned above, it can be translated into: “New Egypt” and that's what the whole film is about: it tracks the story of five modern Egyptian youths in the course of one night. They are all spending their afternoon/ evening struggling to achieve something before the day ends, and they all fail to make any achievements. All their day's work ends up without being done, but with a vague promise to have it done the next day. This makes all the main characters do - for the next day - almost the same things they did during the day we're shedding light on in this film.

Middle East Int Film Fest to premiere key Arabic films

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The Middle East International Film Festival will premiere some of the most important Arabic films of the season Abu Dhabi: Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Vice Chairman of the Middle East International Film Festival, has announced that the second year of the festival will premiere seven films from the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Syria. These films, to be shown in the International Competition Feature Film and Documentary sections, are some of the most important recent Arabic films. Premiering a...

In memory of Youssef Chahine, from Venice

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The 65th Venice International Film Festival is dedicated to Youssef Chahine. In remembrance of the great film maker, his masterpiece Bab el hadid (Cairo Station, 1958) –which stars Chahine himself– will be shown at midnight in the Sala Grande on Sunday August 31st. “He loved the cairote studio system, but chose instead to get the cinema of the Arab world off to a new start, leading it in a different direction and taking all the risks on his own shoulders – even moving over the other sid...

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Youssef Chahine

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The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Youssef Chahine, the revered Egyptian auteur who passed away this weekend, with a special Piazza Grande screening of "Al Massir" (Destiny), which screened at the Swiss fest in 1997.A special screening of Al Massir (Destiny) will take place on Thursday August 7 as the second screening on the Piazza Grande –a film that was programmed at the Festival eleven years ago, at the time of its release.«We were greatly saddened at the passing away ...

Youssef Chahine hommage at next Locarno

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A special screening of Al Massir (Destiny) will take place on Thursday August 7 as the second screening on the Piazza Grande – a film that was programmed at the Festival eleven years ago, at the time of its release.«We were greatly saddened at the passing away of Locarno’s dear friend, Youssef Chahine, commented Frédéric Maire, the Festival’s Artistic Director. This extraordinary storyteller, who ranged across film genres so brilliantly, commanded admiration also for the courage of the ...

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, dies at 82

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Chahine was born into a Christian Egyptian family, a Greek mother and a father of Lebanese descent in Alexandria, Egypt,[2][3] on January 25, 1926.[1] Chahine began his education at a frères' school and continued his studies at the Victoria College. After one year at Alexandria University, he moved to the United States to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse.Starting as a directorAfter returning to Egypt, he turned his attention to directing. Cinematographer Alvise Orfanelli helped Chahine in...

Youssef Chahine in Cannes

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