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…

“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…