“Rajaa” purchased by cultural TV channel ARTE

“Rajaa” or “The Return”, by young Tunisian director Charlie Kouka, has been purchased by the cultural TV channel ARTE. Tunisian film star Fares Landoulsi performs the character of Tarek in the “Rajaa” short-film which is the story of a brutal return home and its impact on the life of the 27-year–old Tarek,  who is still struggling with his torments and emotional wandering. The 22-minute short film tells the story of an ongoing self reconstruction. The story of the short film recounts the hard blow and ordeal caused by Tarak’s violent…

“No to Demolition”, virtual artistic campaign to safeguard Tunis-based Hotel du Lac

Visual artist Mouna Jemal Siala launched a “No to demolition” virtual awareness campaign against the demolition of the building of the Hotel du Lac in Tunis. In this campaign launched on the Net, artist Mouna and interior decorator Manna Jemal launch a message to raise awareness to save this historic building. This message is translated by images where a topographical inscription in Arabic letters is inlaid, visible and readable on the whole facade of the building. The monumental size of the letters is there to show the importance and scope…

‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ to Represent Tunisia in International Oscar Race

Kaouther Ben Hania’s “The Man Who Sold His Skin” will represent Tunisia in the Oscar race for best international feature film. The movie world premiered at Venice where it won the best actor award for Yahya Mahayni. The film went on to have its Middle East premiere at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival, where it scooped the best Arab film nod. Represented in international markets by Paris-based Bac Films International, the film stars Mahayni as a Syrian man who accepts to have a large Schengen visa, the document he desperately needs to enter…

Tunisian actor Fares Landoulsi joins MAD Rising Celebrity Unit

Tunisian actor Fares Landoulsi has joined MAD Rising Celebrity, which has been launched by the Cairo-based film marketing and distribution outfit MAD Solutions. It is a new unit dedicated to launching up-and-coming film and TV acting talents from across the Arab world. Along with Fares Landoulsi who featured in Netflix drama “Messiah,” the new MAD Solutions subsidiary has recruited a rich roster of rising Arab actors including Saudi Arabia’s Fatima AlBanawi – who starred in groundbreaking Saudi comedy “Barakah Meets Barakah,” and more recently landed a small role in new…

Cairo Festival Opens Registration to Participate in “Film Industry Days”

The Cairo International Film Festival announced the opening of applications for filmmakers’ registration in the third edition of Cairo Film Industry Days, which will be held from 4 to 7 December next, within the activities of the 42nd session of the Cairo International Film Festival (from 2 to 10 December). Through the official website of the Cairo Festival. The registration provides film and television professionals with a set of important professional services, including attending seminars and lectures, which provide Arab talents with strong opportunities to partner with the international film…

Call for applications: All-Around Culture programme for Arab countries

Tunisian cultural association L’Art Rue, in collaboration with the European Union, has launched a call for their All-Around Culture programme for youth‐led cultural and civic initiatives. The programme will be implemented over four years to foster a vital cultural ecosystem as an enabling environment for social and economic inclusion of young people from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, Musicin Africa.net reports. The programme accepts applications from youth‐led cultural and civic initiatives and aims to encourage community-based and contextual projects using collaborative approaches. It also aims to raise…

FLORIAN ZELLER’S DRAMA “THE FATHER,” STARRING SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS AND OLIVIA COLMAN OPENS THE CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 42nd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), to be held December 2nd to 10th, will open with the MENA premiere gala screening of Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ starring Academy Award winners Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman at the prestigious Cairo Opera House. Based on the acclaimed, award-winning play, ‘The Father’ is the feature debut of acclaimed playwright  Florian Zeller, and is written by Academy award winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (based on Zeller’s own stage play by the same name).  The film, also starring Rufus Sewell, Imogen…

CIFF Reveals 10 Most Anticipated Award-Winning Films of 42nd edition

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) revealed the first batch of Films of its 42nd Edition, which will be held December 2nd to December 10th. The list includes 10 of the most important titles of 2020, including “Nomadland” which took the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, and the People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival. “Undine”, winner of two awards at the Berlin Film Festival, in addition to the Palestinian Film “ Gaza Mon Amour”, winner of the NETPAC award (Best Asian Film) at the Toronto Film Festival.Cairo, October…

“Cairo Film Festival” sets new dates for its 42nd session

The Cairo International Film Festival announced the amendment of the date of its 42nd session, to be held from 2 to 10 December next, in order to ensure the presentation of a safer and more successful session, in accordance with the health procedures and measures approved by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization. According to the new festival dates, the third edition of the “Cairo Film Industry Days” platform will be organized during the period from 4 to 7 December, provided that the activities of the “Cairo Film…

Partnering with MEMI for Second Year Cairo International Film Festival Opens Submissions for Egyptian TV Projects

The Cairo International Film Festival’s (CIFF) through Cairo Industry Days, is now accepting Egyptian TV projects in its final development stages to submit its TV Pitch Market that is held for the second year in partnership with the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI), under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, deadline for receiving applications is October the 6th, through CIFF’s official website: https://bit.ly/3mDjaeF  Eligible TV projects must be original or adapted from a literary work, made by Egyptian writers/directors residing in Egypt with previous artistic works, and have…