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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

09/09/2014

Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, Israeli directorsTal Granit and Sharon Maymon, Israeli directors

“When talking about difficult stuff, you need to use humour”

At the Venice Days, Israeli directing duo Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon screened The Farewell Party, a film that uses irony to tell the story of a group of elderly people who build a euthanasia machine in order to help out a sick friend. “We feel...

Events and Festivals, Israel

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

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

07/06/2014

Mohammed Hefzy, Egyptian producer and director of the Ismailia Film FestMohammed Hefzy, Egyptian producer and director of the Ismailia Film Fest

"I usually work with first and second-time directors"

Euromed Audiovisual met MEDIS member Mohamed Hefzy last month in Cannes. Originally a scriptwriter, Hefzy is the founder and head of Film Clinic, the Egyptian production house that produced or co-produced such successful titles as Cairo 678, Rags...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

03/06/2014

Mustafa Ori, head of the Algerian Agency for Cultural InfluenceMustafa Ori, head of the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence

“We would really like it to return to its former role in the film industry"

Mustafa Ori is the head of the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence, or AARC. The agency attended the Cannes Film Festival this year to promote Algeria's films and filming locations, as well as to support 10 films at the Marché du Film, thus...

Events and Festivals, Algeria

02/06/2014

Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisian director of Le Challat de TunisKaouther Ben Hania, Tunisian director of Le Challat de Tunis

“The film is an investigation that I carry out in post-revolutionary Tunisia to understand who this man is and what his motivations are.”

Euromed Audivisual met up with Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania, when her first feature Le Challat de Tunis (li. "The Challat of Tunis") premiered at the opening of the ACID programme at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Le Challat de Tunis...

Events and Festivals, Tunisia

02/05/2014

Bahia Bencheikh el Fegoun, Algerian director of Us, OutsideBahia Bencheikh el Fegoun, Algerian director of Us, Outside

"Why accept to be nothing more than mindless mannequins?"

Algerian directors Bahia Bencheikh el Fegoun and Meriem Achour Bouakkaz' documentary Us, Outside follows 23-year-old Manel who has been wearing the veil for two years. Today, she is about to change her life and take it off, as she finds it...

Algeria, Events and Festivals

20/04/2014

A Nation's Tale by Ramy Rizkallah, EgyptA Nation's Tale by Ramy Rizkallah, Egypt

MADE in MED short film contest - Finalist

A Nation's Tale by Ramy Rizkallah, Egypt, 2014 Synopsis Set in a surreal world, A Nation's Tale, a short 3D animation film, follows a young female poet who craves change. he loses hope and believes that her words no longer have any value,...

20/04/2014

After the Blaze by Doria Achour - TunisiaAfter the Blaze by Doria Achour - Tunisia

MADE in MED short film contest - Finalist

After the Blaze by Doria Achour, Tunisia, 2013 Synopsis Sonia doesn't believe in any kind of commitment anymore, whether in love or politics. She wanders between Paris and Tunis, confronting the grim realities of post-revolution Tunisia....

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