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29/10/2014

Amr Waked, Egyptian actor and producer of Ibrahim El Batout’s El OttAmr Waked, Egyptian actor and producer of Ibrahim El Batout’s El Ott

"For me, it’s a very philosophical film"

Egyptian actor Amr Waked, recently seen on international screens in Luc Besson’s Lucy, is working with Ibrahim El-Batout for a second time on El Ott, reports ScreenDaily. In El Ott, which premiered in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Monday...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

16/09/2014

Dalia Al Kury, Jordanian-Palestinian filmmakerDalia Al Kury, Jordanian-Palestinian filmmaker

"I didn’t believe in my head, but in my heart I was scared of the djinn"

Jordanian-Palestinian director Dalia Al Kury's Possessed by Djinn was one of three documentary film projects from the South Mediterranean to be awarded post-production support at the Final Cut in Venice this year. The two others were...

Jordan, Palestine

09/09/2014

Naji Abu Nowar, Jordanian director of TheebNaji Abu Nowar, Jordanian director of Theeb

“I never imagined we would win this incredible award”

Last weekend, Director Naji Abu Nowar received the Orizzonti Award for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival for his first feature-length film Theeb. The film recounts the tale of a young Bedouin boy, whose coming of age is greatly hastened...

Jordan

12/08/2014

Eran Riklis, Israeli directorEran Riklis, Israeli director

"Middle Eastern cinema should become awareness-raising cinema, like European cinema is"

Living in the Middle East is a question of identity, said Israeli director Eran Riklis. This is why he feels obliged to deal with the conflicts that take place there in most of his films. In Dancing Arabs he narrates the problems of adapting for...

Events and Festivals, Israel

26/06/2014

Sean Gulette, American director of US-Moroccan co-production TraitorsSean Gulette, American director of US-Moroccan co-production Traitors

"Some young people have the power to change their destiny"

Malika is the leader of the all-female punk rock band Traitors, with a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction, and to realise her dreams for the band, Malika...

Morocco

23/06/2014

Omar El Zohairy, Egyptian directorOmar El Zohairy, Egyptian director

"I wanted to make a film about fear"

Omar El Zohairy's The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometre 375 is the first Egyptian film ever to have been selected for Cannes’ Cinéfondation student film competition. This May, it screened at the event as one of only...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

11/06/2014

Kamal Abdelaziz, director of Egypt's National Film CentreKamal Abdelaziz, director of Egypt's National Film Centre

"Any producer who wants to produce in our country should come with his papers, and I will sort it all out in about a week"

Before he became the head of Egypt's National Film Centre two years ago, Egyptian director of photography Kamal Abdelaziz held the camera for Egyptian feature film directors as well as several foreign directors shooting in Egypt, including just...

Egypt

11/06/2014

Katriel Schory, producer and executive director of the Israel Film FundKatriel Schory, producer and executive director of the Israel Film Fund

"In Israel, people are definitely returning to cinemas for Israeli films"

Since its establishment in 1979, the Israeli Film Fund has supported the production of over 340 films, among which five Israeli feature films that made it to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, like Asaf Korman’s Next to Her and Keren Yedaya’s That...

Events and Festivals, Israel

10/06/2014

Thierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer of The Shadows of CairoThierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer of The Shadows of Cairo

“For us, it’s important to continue working between Europe and Egypt”

Euromed Audiovisuel met with Thierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer respectively of Franco-Egyptian short film The Shadows of Cairo, when it screened last month at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. The Shadows of...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

10/06/2014

Ossama Mohammed, Syrian directorOssama Mohammed, Syrian director

“Cinema is the kingdom of liberation from clichés and standards”

Euromed Audiovisual met Syrian director Ossama Mohammed in Cannes, where his feature documentary Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, co-directed by Simav Bedrixan, was screened at a Special Screening. He speaks about cinema in a time of...

Events and Festivals, Syria

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