27/11/2014

Loubia Hamra: farewell to French AlgeriaLoubia Hamra: farewell to French Algeria

Narimane Mari's narrative feature debut screened at Beirut's Cultural Resistance Film Festival

Narimane Mari began writing the script for Loubia Hamra as Algeria was preparing for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the War of Independence. "At that moment, so many stories resurfaced, chaotically, painfully, ceremoniously," she says. "I...

Industry, Events and Festivals, Algeria

26/11/2014

Lilia Blaise, journalist and director of 7 LivesLilia Blaise, journalist and director of 7 Lives

"Islamists, leftist activists, rebellious workers and trade unionists underwent the same torture and abuse"

Euromed Audiovisual met Lilia Blaise and Amine Boufaied, respectively Franco-Tunisian journalist and director, and Tunisian co-director of 7 Lives (7 Vies), a documentary that challenges the current popular nostalgia of Ben Ali's dictatorship....

Tunisia

26/11/2014

Meditalents 2014-2015 kicks off in AlgiersMeditalents 2014-2015 kicks off in Algiers

Young Mediterranean scriptwriters start to develop the scripts for their first feature films

Twelve emerging screenwriters from the Mediterranean region gathered in Algiers from November 10 to 16 to develop the screenplay for their first feature film, as part of a first session for the latest edition of Meditalents. Selected screenplays...

Programme Activities, Euromed Audiovisual News, Algeria

25/11/2014

7 Lives: nostalgia for the Ben Ali days called into question7 Lives: nostalgia for the Ben Ali days called into question

The documentary has resonated with audiences in Tunis, Paris and Beirut

“My barber has a portrait of Ben Ali hanging in his shop,” Tunisian filmmaker Amine Boufaied told journalist Lilia Blaise in 2013. And the idea for the documentary 7 Lives was born. The "7" refers to November 7, 1987, when a coup d’état brought...

Tunisia

24/11/2014

Human Capital opens European Film Festival in LebanonHuman Capital opens European Film Festival in Lebanon

Up to 41 European titles and Shady Abdesalam's The Mummy screen in Lebanon

Up to 41 recent European feature films two short films are to screen at the European Film Festival in Lebanon from November 26 to December, reports L’Orient Le Jour. The event is organised by the Delegation of the European Union in Lebanon, in...

Events and Festivals, Lebanon

20/11/2014

Marrakech International Film Festival 2014 reveals line-upMarrakech International Film Festival 2014 reveals line-up

Competing films include Marwan Hamed's The Blue Elephant and Mohamed Mouftakir's L’Orchestre des Aveugles

The 14th Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM) will open on December 5 with James Marsh's The Theory of Everything, and will close on December 13 with J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year starring Jessica Chastain, who is expected to grace...

Events and Festivals, Morocco

18/11/2014

Moroccan film festivals unite in new federationMoroccan film festivals unite in new federation

Rabat, Tetouan, Agadir, Salé and Dakhla film fests join forces

The Rabat, Tetouan, Agadir, Salé and Dakhla film festivals have announced the creation of a Moroccan film festival federation, reports Le 360. These founding members aim to fill the existing gap in collaboration between the country's film...

Industry, Events and Festivals, Morocco

17/11/2014

2015 promises a bumper crop of Moroccan films2015 promises a bumper crop of Moroccan films

Films by Noureddine Lakhmari, Faouzi Bensaïdi and Nabil Ayouch to start shooting soon

Several important figures in Moroccan cinema are to start work on their next feature films during the next few months, reports Telquel. The Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM) has awarded an advance on receipts to three directors whose films have been...

Industry, Morocco

15/11/2014

Nassima Guessoum's documentary 10,949 Femmes awarded in AlgiersNassima Guessoum's documentary 10,949 Femmes awarded in Algiers

Special mention for Bahia Bencheikh and Meriem Achour's Us, Outside, developed during DOCmed 2011

Algerian director Nassima Guessoum on Wednesday received the grand documentary prize at the 5th Algiers Film Festival (JCA) for 10,949 Femmes (lit. "10,949 Women"), reports Le Temps d’Algérie. In her documentary, the filmmaker tells the story of...

Events and Festivals, Algeria

14/11/2014

Daniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in EuropeDaniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in Europe

"I’m convinced that great directors from this region of the world will emerge, and that Arab cinema will be increasingly exported"

Euromed Audiovisual met with Daniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in Europe. The company has just released the film El Ott by Ibrahim El Batout with Amr Waked, an Egyptian star known for his role as the French police...

Industry, Egypt