Tunisian film ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ wins at Venice Film Festival

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 Yahya Mahayni won the Orizzonti Prize for Best Actor for his role in the film. The film revolves around Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian who left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel…

Tunisian Internet users to make the most of British Council’s digital library for free

The first mobile application for the British Council’s digital library is open free of charge to Tunisian Internet users over the age of 18. The British Council Tunisia announced, in a press release issued on Monday, that this application has been launched in Tunisia since August 5, 2020, during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions. According to the same source, the British Council launched, in June 2020, this digital library in partnership with the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Tunisia, the Ministry of Education and the…

AMMAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: LINE-UP OF INAUGURAL EDITION

Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) announces the line-up of its inaugural edition, due to take place 23rd –  31st of August in the Jordanian capital, Amman. The inaugural edition remains similar to what was initially planned last Spring when the outbreak of COVID-19 brought the Festival’s preparations to a halt. The line-up includes 30 feature-length narratives and documentaries, Arab and international, in addition to nine Arab short films. The Festival will open with the multi-awarded French movie “Les Misérables” on the 23rd of August, while “Luxor”, by…

Hend Sabri and Sami Bouajila awarded at Critics Awards for Arab Films in Cannes

Tunisia’s Hend Sabri and Sami Bouajila won top awards at the 2020 Critics Awards for Arab Films in Cannes, bagging the Best Actress and Best Actor awards respectively, TAP reported on Friday. The winners have just been announced for the fourth Critics Awards for Arab Films: 141 jury members from 57 countries voted to determine the top films, the same source said. The event is organised by the Arab Cinema Centre as part of the Virtual Marché du Film, which took place on the margins of the 70th annual Cannes…

CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS 42ND EDITION

The festival which is scheduled to run from 19-28 November 2020, sees Mohamed Hefzy continuing as President and Ahmed Shawky appointed as Artistic Director. The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is now accepting submissions for its 42nd edition, which is scheduled to be held from 19-28 November 2020. The Festival’s management will be guided by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organisation to ensure the necessary safeguards and protections are in place to ensure guests’ and participants’ safety as a result of the pandemic. The modified 42nd edition comes…

Tunisia ranks first in Arab world for freedom of press

Tunisia is the best-performing country in terms of freedom of the press in the Arab world, the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) revealed yesterday. According to the report, released on World Press Freedom Day Sunday, Lebanon ranked 102nd, Iraq (162th), Algeria (146th), Egypt (166th), and Saudi Arabia (170th) globally. Meanwhile, Syria came in at 174th out of 180 countries for the second consecutive year. Norway topped the Index for the fourth year in a row followed by Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. Journalists in…

COVID-19: KLF launches call for “Culture Solidaire” projects

The Kamel Lazaar Foundation (KLF) has announced on its Facebook page the launch of the call for projects “Culture Solidaire” in partnership with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs within the framework of the “Fonds Relance Culture”, an initiative to support artistic creation and dissemination in times of crisis linked to Covid19. KLF wishes to register, as a matter of urgency, artistic creation, all disciplines included in such a manner as to support artists to create in the current circumstances, taking into account the shortage of raw materials. KLF voices willingness…

Minister of Culture Appoints Specialist in Creative Industries and Cultural Start-ups

New Minister of Culture, Shiraz Latiri, has appointed a new advisor in her cabinet: Ahmed Amine Azzouzi. He is in charge of the major issue of the economy of culture, cultural and creative industries. Azzouzi will also be in charge of monitoring the file of Startups active in the Cultural and Creative Industries. Ahmed Amine Azzouzi has conducted several studies on the Creative and Cultural Industry, especially for Startups since the classic business model does not apply with this type of company. TunisianMonitorOnline

ISESCO pledges $200,000 for coronavirus vaccine development

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has pledged $200,000 for the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, the organization’s Director-General Salim Al-Malik said. According to him, the organization set such an award to prevent the spread of coronavirus as soon as possible. The ISESCO urged all states, international organizations, and civil society institutions to tackle the virus. The new coronavirus outbreak was first recorded in late December 2019 in Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China.  TunisianMonitorOnline

“Éloge de l’ombre”, Exhibition of Artist Safouane Ben Slama, his Premiere in La Boîte for Contemporary Art in Tunis

In spring 2018, Safouane Ben Slama travelled through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Exploring the vast expanses and endless horizons of the Moroccan desert and the Tunisian seaside, he has also travelled the streets of Algiers to meet the people of the city. ” Éloge de l’ombre” is a careful observation of the light. Often changing, at sunset, the sky takes a central place in Safouane Ben Slama’s exhibition. But the foreground is often the direct environment, whether natural or urban, where the effects of this ongoing transformation are perceptible. The…