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30/12/2014

Filming El Ott: a kite, a curfew, and dates from Mr Fishawy's gardenFilming El Ott: a kite, a curfew, and dates from Mr Fishawy's garden

In September 2013, we visited the set of Ibrahim el Batout's new thriller El Ott

The sun is high in the sky above the pyramids, on the sand plateau just outside the Cairo metropolis. Technicians huddle in the sparse shade of the equipment vans. A camera trolley has been set up over the sand, and someone has carefully rubbed...

Industry, Egypt

30/12/2014

Behind the scenes of Ibrahim el Batout's El OttBehind the scenes of Ibrahim el Batout's El Ott

In September 2013, we visited the set of El Ott. Watch our making-of here

In September 2013, as Cairo continued under military-imposed curfew after a violent summer, award-winning Egyptian director Ibrahim el Batout was completing filming for his fifth feature film El Ott. Adapting his schedule to the curfew, he and...

Egypt

29/12/2014

Cimatheque seeks guest programmersCimatheque seeks guest programmers

Deadline: January 20, 2015

The Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo is currently looking for guest programmers interested in selecting films to be screened during Cimatheque’s first season. Cimatheque is committed to expanding the local audience for alternative...

Opportunities, Egypt

18/12/2014

I Am Nojoom, Roshmia and The Council awarded in DubaiI Am Nojoom, Roshmia and The Council awarded in Dubai

Awards for a Yemeni tale of underage divorce, and two docs following Palestinians, elderly and school-age

The awards are out for this year's Dubai Film Festival. In the feature film competition, for the first time, Best Fiction Feature went to a Yemeni film. Khadija al-Salami's I Am Nojoom, Aged 10 and Divorced (Yemen, UAE and France), is based on a...

Events and Festivals

15/12/2014

Egyptian filmmaker crowdfunds for celluloid ode to Bergman's PersonaEgyptian filmmaker crowdfunds for celluloid ode to Bergman's Persona

Maged Nader will be developing his short film in Egypt's only hand-processing lab

Fathy, a desperate young writer, buys a bottle of shampoo, only to discover its label is an image from a Swedish cinematic classic, Ingmar Bergman's Persona. How did it get there? Young Egyptian filmmaker Maged Nader's next short film project,...

Egypt

12/12/2014

Nabil Ayouch to release prostitution drama Expired in 2015Nabil Ayouch to release prostitution drama Expired in 2015

His next film Razzia, a sci-fi film on a tiny elite living cut off from the poor masses, is in development

Morocco’s best-known international director, Nabil Ayouch, is currently in Marrakech filming a stark social drama about prostitution, reports Variety. Following on from God’s Horses, which profiles a group of young men growing up in poverty,...

Industry, Morocco

11/12/2014

Eyes of a Thief, Two Men in Town and Us, Outside screen in AlgiersEyes of a Thief, Two Men in Town and Us, Outside screen in Algiers

Concerning Violence also to be shown at the festival from December 12 to 18

The fifth Algiers International Film Festival is to take place from December 12 to 18, with screenings of 15 documentaries and fiction films from Africa, Europe and Latin America at the Mouggar Cinema in Algiers, reports Le Temps d’Algérie. The...

Events and Festivals, Algeria

11/12/2014

Moroccan cinema centre chief outlines film policyMoroccan cinema centre chief outlines film policy

Sarim Fassi Fihri aims to invest more in new screens, script development, circulation of films abroad and tax incentives

Over the past 10 years, cinema has occupied centre stage in Moroccan culture, both as a result of major international events, such as the Marrakech International Film Festival, and also the local popularity of Moroccan films, which over recent...

Industry, Morocco

11/12/2014

Omar, The Wanted 18 awarded in CarthageOmar, The Wanted 18 awarded in Carthage

Post-production prizes for upcoming films from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia

This year, the Carthage Film Festival gave its top awards to two films by Palestinian directors. In the narrative feature competition, Hany Abu-Assad's Omar won the Golden Tanit, as well as Best Script, the Young Jury Prize and the Audience...

Events and Festivals, Tunisia

10/12/2014

Euromed Audiovisual partners with Brussel’s Mediterranean Film FestivalEuromed Audiovisual partners with Brussel’s Mediterranean Film Festival

The programme screens short films awarded during its MADE in MED contest, invites directors to attend

The Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, running from December 5 to 12, is screening a great variety of films from the South Mediterranean this year. As a festival partner for the third year in a row, Euromed Audiovisual invited several...

Events and Festivals

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