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In recession, 'Up in the Air' touches down on time

“Up in the Air has undergone the rarest of flights: It was delayed for a long time and its course was altered, yet it has arrived right on time. Up in the Air might be the timeliest movie of the year. Hard times and the frightening prospect of unemployment are at the center of the …

AP

Iran opposition dancer finds refuge in Paris

Freedom for Iran! With these defiant words Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian ended a public performance and began a new life as an exiled dissident in Europe. The 23-year-old was arrested in Tehran after taking part in nationwide protests triggered by the June re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which critics say was due to a rigged …

AFP

Taiwan indie drama wins Chinese-language 'Oscars'

Taiwanese director Leon Dai s low budget family drama on Saturday swept the Golden Horse Film Awards, considered the Chinese-language Oscars, bagging the best picture and best director gongs. I want to thank my parents, my mentor Edward Yang and the actors of the film, an emotional Dai told the audience in Taipei. His No …

AFP

Momix brings magic to Egypt

Last week, Egyptian audiences in Cairo and Alexandria were treated to highlights of the works of renowned American dance company Momix in the Cairo and Alexandria Opera Houses. “The Best of Momix presented chosen vintages from Moses Pendleton’s inimitable choreography, which he designed for the company that he started in 1981. Pendleton’s work, sometimes in …

Dalia Basiouny

Lebanon to host European film festival from Thursday

Lebanon is to host its sixteenth annual European Film Festival from Thursday. The 2009 festival includes 34 European feature films, including prize-winning films screened at major international festival, EU charge d affaires Michael Miller told a news conference. The festival, which will also showcase 20 short films by Lebanese students, opens with a screening of …

AFP

Katherine Bakhoum: Dreams of a homeland

Katherine Bakhoum is back once again exhibiting her latest art works in Safar Khan Gallery. Her work is quite popular among ardent art collectors in Egypt who wait patiently each year for her latest collection. Many paintings from the collection were purchased before the exhibit’s opening night earlier this month. And rightfully so; Bakhoum paints …

Heba Elkayal

'The Night Counter': Scheherazade in reverse, between Lebanon and the US

Alia Yunis’ debut novel “The Night Counter is a multi-plotted story chronicling the life of 85-year-old Fatima Abdullah, a Lebanese who immigrated to Detroit, the United States when she was a teen, as she strives to reconcile with her dysfunctional family during the last nine days of her life. In “The Counter, Yunis recreates the …

Heba El-Sherif

Michael Jackson wins 4 at AMAs; Swift top artist

The King of Pop is still winning awards and setting records doing it. But while Michael Jackson won a record four posthumous awards, he couldn t beat Taylor Swift for top honors at Sunday night s American Music Awards. The 19-year-old was named the year s favorite artist, giving Jackson his only loss of the …

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The Wild Bunch: Still wild 40 years later

Forty years ago, Quentin Tarantino was just a young boy; the future great director was taken to a showing of Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch. Set in 1913, the neo-western classic tells the story of a band of misogynistic and violent outlaws riding around the US-Mexican border looking for one final score. The aging gang …

Daily News Egypt

The thief that stole El-Hakim's thunder

Great Egyptian writer Tawfiq El-Hakim is one of Egypt’s most brilliant minds of the 20th century. His prolific career bridged several forms of writing: theater, fiction, political analysis, philosophical writings, journalism, short stories, biographies, religious ruminations and poetry. El-Hakim’s plays rank among his most exciting works. In more than 60 works, written between 1933 and …

Dalia Basiouny

33rd Cairo International Film Festival: An afterthought

Not even the Khartoum events could’ve saved the Cairo Film Fest. The closing ceremony of the 33rd edition attracted attention for Chairman of the fest Ezzat Abou Ouf and actor Fathy Abdel Wahab s overzealous speeches, for the livid remarks by Egyptian stars, for the protest that never materialized, but not for the movies. The …

Joseph Fahim

Moroccan woman wins first place in eco-themed photo contest

CAIRO: Moroccan social entrepreneur Faiza Hajji Wozniak won first place in an eco-themed photo competition sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with the Agence France-Presse Foundation and camera manufacturer Olympus. Wozniak received a certificate from UNDP, a digital camera and camera equipment from Olympus, in addition to a two-week internship at …

Daily News Egypt

'Father Jacob' scoops Cairo Film Fest's Golden Pyramid

Four years after raking the Cairo International Film Festival’s top prize for his wartime drama “Mother of Mine, Finnish filmmaker Klaus Härö earned Friday his second Golden Pyramid for his fourth feature “Letters to Father Jacob. As the fest’s 33rd edition came to a close, Egyptian actor Fathy Abdel Wahab made headlines for his Best …

Joseph Fahim

Lebanese diva accused of singing racist song

CAIRO: Lebanese pop singer Haifa Wahbe, who usually stirs controversy for her seductive outfits and provocative dancing, has been accused of singing a song with racist lyrics that compares black Egyptians to monkeys. Wehbe, considered by many as one of the sexiest women in the Arab world, has the minority Nubian community in Egypt distraught …

Daily News Egypt

Bhandarkar's women-centric films 'hold a mirror to society'

Films offer an opportunity to escape from reality, to be transported into a dream world, but Indian filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar takes the road less traveled by, his films often a raw, gritty and realistic portrayal of society. Often accused of moral policing through his movies, Bhandarkar counters that his films “hold a mirror to society …

Daily News Egypt

Birds that never fly

Egyptian director Magdy Ahmed Ali’s “Nile Birds is only the second feature based on a work by great Egyptian author Ibrahim Aslan, and the first in 18 years since Daoud Abdel Sayed’s “Kit Kat to reach Egyptian screens. Aslan’s fans will be relieved to learn that Ahmed Ali has crafted a faithful adaptation of Aslan’s …

Joseph Fahim

An artistic study of the human body

Currently at El Masar Gallery is a holistic exhibition celebrating the human body titled “Il Corpus Homanus. Regardless of the fact that both the use of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man on the cover of the exhibition’s catalogue and invitation, as well as titling it in Latin was somewhat irrelevant, the work on display was …

Mariam Hamdy

The tales of four women

Eleven feature films in 37 years – the filmography of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the head of the Cairo International Film Festival’s international competition jury and renowned Indian filmmaker, may seem an anomaly in this era of highly prolific directors. But as he puts it, “I cannot make a film without real inspiration. I do not want …

Daily News Egypt

A multifaceted 'Amreeka'

Here’s a film that treats the issue of Arab immigration to the US with lightheartedness, precision and heartfelt compassion. Palestinian-Jordanian director Cherien Dabis’ debut feature “Amreeka is the first film to deal with the Arab-American experience from a realistic, grounded perspective devoid of the superlatives and self-pity that marred similar previous efforts. Set in 2003, …

Joseph Fahim

Avati takes on the eccentricities of friendship at Bar Margherita

It might seem like a macho bar, with no wives, fiancés or girlfriends allowed inside. But Bar Margherita is, for those who give it a closer look, a place where friendships are made, where mistakes are ultimately forgiven, and where the bonds holding its patrons together remain unbreakable. The Italian film “Gli amici del bar …

Sarah El Sirgany

Lithuanian film probes desolation, hope in black and white

It’s difficult to classify the Lithuanian film “Vortex; on one hand the story is grounded in a grim reality, and on the other, many scenes veer towards the artistic, the abstract and sometimes the surreal. Set during the reign of the Soviet Union in the last century, the suffering of the characters is inescapable. But …

Sarah El Sirgany

Cairo International Film Festival's recommended movies of the day

I Believe In Angels Director: Niksa SvilicicStarring: Vedran Mlikota, Dolores Lambasa, Aljosa Vuckovic and Marija KohnSynopsis: The mailman, Sime, is one of the most popular inhabitants of a small Croatian town. Sime is very intelligent and the locals have high regards for him because he is unusually well versed in all the events and destinies …

Daily News Egypt

Ancient Egyptians knew the pain of heart disease, says study

WASHINGTON: The hardening of the arteries associated with heart attacks and strokes is not just a modern phenomenon, according to new research showing ancient Egypt s pharaohs suffered from heart disease too. Atherosclerosis is ubiquitous among modern day humans and, despite difference in ancient and modern lifestyles, we found that it was rather common in …

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Iraqi film strikes a chord with Egyptians

Iraq’s entry in the Cairo International Film Festival hit the right notes with Egyptian audiences, not for its plot or its script, but due to its employment of elements that were too close to home. “Dawn of the World, an Iraqi-French production, was shot in Egypt, using rising Egyptian artists in front as well as …

Dalia Rabie

Faith meets grace in Finnish drama

In 2005, Finnish filmmaker Klaus Härö pulled off what some critics deemed as a surprise Golden Pyramid win for his heartbreaking wartime drama “Mother of Mine. I wouldn’t be surprised if Härö scored another best picture win this year for his fourth feature “Letters to Father Jacob, a pitch-perfect little drama about faith, forgiveness and …

Joseph Fahim

Cairo International Film Festival's recommended movies of the day

The Hedgehog Director: Mona Achache. Starring: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillemic, Togo Igawa and Anne Brochet. Paloma is the daughter of a snobbish mother and a distracted father, both of whom largely ignore her. She has decided that rather than succumb to the mediocrity of the life around her, she will commit suicide on a …

Daily News Egypt

Cairo International Film Festival's recommended movies of the day

Traffic Signal Director: Madhur Bhandarkar. Starring: Kunal Khemu, Neetu Chandra and Upendra Limaye.Once an orphan abandoned at a traffic light on a busy crossroad, Silsila is now its boss, managing all the opportunists who work his territory. Collecting protection money for local Mafioso, Haji, he connects the poor folk who survive by selling their bodies …

Daily News Egypt

'Madholal Keep Walking': A sermon on victims of terrorism

Even though there has been a glut of films about the victims of terrorist attacks and those arrested on mere suspicion, the subject is still a rich soil that can yield more. The quality of such films largely depends on the freshness of the perspective. Is it a new approach to the story? Is the …

Sarah El Sirgany