Film festival offers Saudis a glimpse into Asian culture

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Saudi Arabian audiences get a glimpse into Asian culture and society through the 11th Asian Film Festival that ends on February 11.Eight Asian films are screened in Jeddah with the concluding Japanese film ‘The Survival Family’ directed by Shinobu Yaguchi.“This year’s film festival is launching at an even more meaningful time as the Kingdom anticipates the reopening of cinema in just a few months,” said Acting Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Jeddah H. E. ...

From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook

Friday, 26 January 2018

A Syrian refugee will be cooking dishes from Damascus and Aleppo for VIP guests at the opening of the Berlinale International Film Festival next month. The choice of Malakeh Jazmati reflects the mission of the festival, which was set up in 1951 to showcase films that address urgent social and political issues in the world. The festival devoted its program to refugees and migration in 2016 after Europe’s politics were convulsed by the arrival of more than a million refugees from the Middle ...

Khouribga African Film Festival honors Egyptian film ‘A day for Women’

Monday, 18 September 2017

Egyptian movie “A day for Women” has won the Grand Competition at the African Film Festival in Khouribga, Morocco. Director Kamel Wagih Abouzekri and actress/producer Elham Shaheen received the Ousmane Sembene award at the end of the 20th edition of the film festival in Morocco. The award comes days after filmmakers Shaheen, Nelly Karim and Nahed Al-Sibai won Best Actors’ Awards from the Kazan International Film Festival in the Russian Federation of Tatarstan. The film traces ...

Meet the award-winning Saudi filmmaker Reem al-Bayyat

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

“Art is my entire universe,” says pink-haired Saudi film director, Reem al-Bayyat. Reem was recently named Best Director at the Madrid film festival for her film Wake Me Up in the Short Foreign Language Film category. The 35-year-old director, filmmaker and photographer’s portfolio includes Doll (2010) and Shadows (2008), which have been screened at international film festivals in Muscat, Mumbai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Paris. Al-Bayyat spoke to Al Arabiya English giving insights ...

Rare Saudi film shown at Berlin festival

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Screened in the Forum section of the Berlinale, the director’s debut feature was billed as a romantic comedy

Berlin film fest opens with Clooney.. and eye on refugees

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

George Clooney will be in town during the annual Berlin Film Festival, and hopes to attract refugees as well as film fans this year

Showbiz highlights at the Marrakech International Film Festival 2015

Monday, 28 December 2015

Simo Benbachir, Special to Al Arabiya News See the showbiz highlights from this year's Marrakech International Film Festival which was held earlier this month.

‘Very Big Shot’ takes Etoile d'Or at Marrakech Film Festival

Sunday, 13 December 2015

‘Very Big Shot’ won top prize Saturday at the Marrakech Film Festival

‘The Blind Orchestra’ takes top prize at Carthage film festival

Sunday, 29 November 2015

The awards ceremony, hosted by Egyptian TV personality Bassem Youssef at Tunis’s municipal theatre, took place under heavy security

War, migrants' plight lend somber tone to Venice Film Fest

Friday, 11 September 2015

Five words sum up this year's Venice Film Festival: "Based on a true story."

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