Cairo International Film Festival unveils dates for it’s 43rd edition

The management of the Cairo International Film Festival announces that it will hold its 43rd edition from Dec 1st to Dec 10th 2021.  The closing ceremony is to be held on December 9th, followed by a screening of the prize-winning films the following day (Dec 10th).  Festival president Mohamed Hefzy stated that “The festival’s programming team and management are thrilled by the challenge that this upcoming edition offers, and we are eager to present a diverse and rich lineup of films and a selection worthy of the festival’s audience that…

Fares Landoulsi stars“Wled El Ghoul” for Ramadan

Tunisian actor and star Fares Landoulsi took part in the Tunisian drama “Wled El Ghoul” by Director Mourad Ben Cheikh. This new drama, due to premiere in Ramadan 2021, will mark Fares Landoulsi’s first appearance in a Ramadan drama, following his overwhelming success in Netflix’s Messiah series in 2020. Directed by Mourad Ben Cheikh and written by Rafika Boujday, the 30-episode “Wled El Ghoul” is a social drama that retraces the different aspects of the lives of several characters, their daily paradoxes and conflicts as their paths intersect. The story…

“The Man Who Sold His Skin” nominated for Academy Awards

Kaouther Ben Hania’s film “The Man Who Sold His Skin” was put forward for best foreign-language film ahead of the April 25 Oscars ceremony in Hollywood. The film, starring Italian actress Monica Bellucci alongside Syrian Yahya Mahyani and Belgian Koen De Bouw, tells the story of a Syrian refugee who allows a tattoo artist to use his back as a canvas in order to get to Europe. Ben Hania said she hoped the Oscar nomination would lead to more support for cinema and filmmakers in Tunisia. The French-Tunisian director, 43,…

El Gouna Film Festival Reveals the Dates of Its 2021 Edition

The festival renews its pledge to nurture and support the art of cinema in the Middle East and beyond for the 5th year in a row Celebrating 5 years as one of the leading film festivals in the MENA region, El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) continues its mission to reinforce and promote cinema in the Middle East and beyond by announcing the dates of its 5th edition, scheduled to take place from October 14 -22, 2021 in El Gouna. The 5th edition of GFF will follow the same approach that has been adopted in the past 4 years by the festival team,…

The Man Who Sold His Skin nominated for Best International Feature by The Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced nominations for nine categories for this years Oscars and amongst them was the list for Best International Feature – where Tunisian Film The Man Who Sold His Skin could be a strong contender to win. The Man Who Sold His Skin, written and directed by Tunisian director and screenwriter Kaouther Ben Hania has won twin awards in the Orizzonti section of the 77th Venice Film Festival. The film won the Edipo Re Award which is one of the festival’s collateral awards. Syrian actor…

Tunisian Star Fares Landoulsi takes part in Tunisian Drama “Wled El Ghoul”

Tunisian actor Fares Landoulsi has recently joined the cast of the Tunisian drama “Wled El Ghoul” by Director Mourad Ben Cheikh. This new drama, due to premiere in Ramadan 2021, will mark Landoulsi’s first appearance in a Ramadan drama, following his overwhelming success in Netflix’s Messiah series in 2020.  Directed by Mourad Ben Cheikh and written by Rafika Boujday, the 30-episode “Wled El Ghoul” is a social drama that retraces the different aspects of the lives of several characters, their daily paradoxes and conflicts as their paths intersect. The new…

Making of “The Road to El Kef”

Film Director Ihsen Kammoun wanted his first destination to be El Kef to shoot some scenes of his new film “The Road to El Kef”, Produced by Eqlae California. The café of Sidi Makhlouf in El Kef was chosen by Ihsen Kammoun to shoot these scenes. Speaking to media, Director Ihsen Kammoun, who is living in the United States of America, said that “he and Writer Charles Hall wanted a film that has direct concerns with people”. “As I am a native Tunisian I wanted to make a film with…

CORE creative hub hosts its first cohort

Credit goes to Rambourg Foundation Facebook Page by Adly Aouni The Rambourg Foundation announced the first cohort of its new CORE creative hub program, during an event organized in its premises on December 4, 2020, dedicated to the support and strengthening of creative and cultural entrepreneurs. Shiran Ben Abderrazak, CEO of the Rambourg Foundation, said that “the cultural and creative industry has a fairly large potential capable of boosting Tunisia’s economy if it is properly exploited”. The CORE program takes place over a period of six months. The selected companies are…

Egypt’s 42nd Cairo International Film Festival kicks off amid pandemic

The ten-day Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) held an opening ceremony on Wednesday amidst global Covid-19 pandemic challenges. Stars of the Egyptian cinema were seen walking the red carpet rolled out in front of the Cairo Opera House where the event took place. The ceremony was hosted by Egyptian actor and comedian Ashraf Abdel Baky in the presence of culture minister Ines Abdel Dayem, the festival’s president Mohamed Hefzy and numerous Egyptian and international guests. Prior to the official speeches and honoring of the guests, the ceremony featured famed Egyptian…

“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…