Film Review

Nivin Pauly of Premam Fame Visits Arabian Center

Nivin Pauly of Premam Fame Visits Arabian Center

Celebrating the success of an emotional journey and applauding the fortitude of Dubai based businessman who emerged as a fighter through difficult times, Arabian Center brought together the Reel and Real life family of Jacobinte Swargarajyam (Jacob’s Kingdom of Heaven) last Thursday. The event was graced by Malayalam actor Nivin […]

 
 

Cannes 2016

Cannes 2016

A beautiful casting of notorious directors and glamorous actors With the Cannes 2016 all set to be opened from 11th May to 22nd May, excitement is in the air. The festival will be attended by leading stars and directors from various countries for cinemas dealing with diverse topics. “Among the […]

 
 

40% of Arab Films at DIFF crafted by Female Filmmakers

40% of Arab Films at DIFF crafted by Female Filmmakers

40% OF ARAB FILMS AT DIFF 2013 CRAFTED BY FEMALE FILMMAKERS Arab Cinema Gets in Touch With its Feminine Side Programmers at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced that 40 per cent of the films in the festival’s Arab programming segments were directed by women, making the region one […]

 
 

Dubai International Film Festival kicks off in style

Dubai International Film Festival kicks off in style

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) Kicks Off Tenth Edition With Glittering Red Carpet Gala Martin Sheen, Cate Blanchett, Hany Abu Assad, Samir Farid, Yosra and Top Arab Artists add Festival Glitz and Glamour to Opening Night   The landmark tenth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) got off to […]

 
 

DIFF rolls out the carpet for a bumper edition

DIFF rolls out the carpet for a bumper edition

DIFF ROLLS OUT THE CARPET FOR A BUMPER EDITION TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF PASSION FOR CINEMA. DIFF pays tribute to Arab cinema by opening the 10th edition with “Omar” by acclaimed filmmaker Hany Abu Assad. The tenth Dubai International Film Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid […]

 
 

Main Hoon Shahid Afridi (I am Shahid Afridi)

Main Hoon Shahid Afridi (I am Shahid Afridi)

Without a doubt, this movie has set high standards for upcoming Pakistani movies. Movie review by: Mussarat Yasmeen. The revival Of Pakistani cinema. “Main Hoon Shahid Afridi” an ARY Films and Mandviwalla Entertainment presentation, is Pakistani cinemas’ first ever Sports-flick and its Blockbuster response at the box office proves that the […]

 
 

An EPIC MOVIE review

An EPIC MOVIE review

The EPIC MOVIE. “Just because you haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it’s not there.” Is the movie named “Epic” really Epic? Expectations are high because this animated adventure is from the same studio that brought us Ice Age and Rio. In this tale of good defeating bad, a continuous battle […]

 
 

“Blue is the warmest colour” wins at Cannes

The Palm d'Or Winner: Abdel Latif Kechiche's "Blue is the warmest colour"

The twelve day celebration of movies at Cannes, had some of the world’s most stellar talents on display. It’s been one of the toughest years for the jury, presided over by director Steven Spielberg. And yet today they have made their choice. As the curtains close, the contender for the coveted […]

 
 

Cannes Film Festival: Bollywood arrives in Cannes

Indian Actress and L'Oreal Brand Ambassador Sonam Kapoor at Cannes.

Celebrating a century of Indian cinema under sunny skies at Cannes Film Festival 2013 Sunny days and bright skies mark the landscape of Cannes today. Though the rains originally brought with them the magic of silver screen romance, the stars were visibly fraught trying to prevent wardrobe malfunction and putting […]

 
 

Cannes Film Festival: Special Report!

Cannes Film Festival: Special Report!

The 66th Cannes Film Festival has kicked off under thunderous torrential rain, adding to the charm of the French Riviera more famous for it’s warm and sunny days. The cinematic glamour quotient has once again brought the spotlight to the quiet, exotic city of Cannes; where movies, fortune and creative […]

 
 

Give a Little, Get a Lot: Crowdfunding in the Arab World

Give a Little, Get a Lot: Crowdfunding in the Arab World

The innovative buzzword is explored at GFF with the founder of Aflamnah, the first Crowdfunding site dedicated to the Arab World On the night of April 13, the Gulf Film Festival (GFF) will offer a thorough exploration of ‘Crowdfunding’ — the latest opportunity to bring creative projects to life. Aflamnah […]

 
 

“Made in Qatar” Films to Showcase at the Gulf Film Festival

“Made in Qatar” Films to Showcase at the Gulf Film Festival

QATARI FILMMAKERS BRING A COMPELLING SLATE OF “MADE IN QATAR” FILMS TO SHOWCASE AT THE GULF FILM FESTIVAL   The 6th Gulf Film Festival announced today that the “Made In Qatar” programme is supported by Doha Film Institute (DFI), and will showcase six films from up-and-coming filmmakers in Qatar during the festival, which runs […]

 
 

WADJDA — The first movie shot in Saudi Arabia by Haifa Al Mansour

WADJDA — The first movie shot in Saudi Arabia by Haifa Al Mansour

Wadjda is a 12-year old girl who lives near Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she’s growing up in a conservative country, Wadjda is a girl full of life who wears jeans and sneakers, listens to rock music and dreams only of one thing — to buy a beautiful […]

 
 

Saving Face Middle Eastern Premiere at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012

Saving Face Middle Eastern Premiere at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012

On 13th October 2012, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Jung’s Oscar winning documentary ‘Saving Face’ had its Middle Eastern premiere, as part of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The documentary film chronicles the work of Dr. Jawad, a plastic surgeon of Pakistani origin from the UK, who travels to Islamabad, […]

 
 

50 years and still Bond-ing

50 years and still Bond-ing

A thousand miles apart, Where worlds collide and days are dark You may have my number, You can take my name, But you’ll never have my heart Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall, and face it all together ~ Let the Sky Fall, Adele – […]

 
 

DVD Review – This Is Not A Film

DVD Review – This Is Not A Film

DVD Review: This Is Not A Film (2011) – Iran, Farsi language, 75 min. by David Calleja What do you get when two directors get bored and cannot agree on what they want to do? They record each other filming and send a powerful message in the process. This, however, is […]

 
 

DFI Presents Groundbreaking: ‘The Virgin, the Copts and Me’ at Tribeca

DFI Presents Groundbreaking: ‘The Virgin, the Copts and Me’ at Tribeca

By E. Nina Rothe It is no secret that religion becomes an undeniable part of a person’s identity in the Arab world. While most often the media concentrates on the more epidermic responses of the Muslim communities in the countries of MENA, there is little talk here in the West of […]

 
 

‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey – Arnel Pineda’s Dream Come True

‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey – Arnel Pineda’s Dream Come True

To a girl who grew up with the music of Journey, knew most of their lyrics and made up the rest, the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey by filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz was a dream come true. Rock stars meet movie stars, on a […]

 
 

‘The City Dark’ Screens for Earth Day in Abu Dhabi

‘The City Dark’ Screens for Earth Day in Abu Dhabi

The first time I became fully aware of the grandiosity of the firmament above was as a teenager, on a trip to New Mexico, USA with my dad. Coming home from a dinner to our ruggedly charming rented bungalow just outside of Santa Fe, I casually looked up, probably to […]

 
 

The (Reluctant) Infidel – Why Cinema and Religion Need to Coexist

The (Reluctant) Infidel – Why Cinema and Religion Need to Coexist

By E. Nina Rothe I first watched The Infidel at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and immediately knew the film would win audiences the world over. The story, written by David Baddiel, is one that poses questions about our identity, how important is religion as a part of […]

 
 

A Voyage Through Cinema: The Gulf Film Festival Kicks Off in Dubai

A Voyage Through Cinema: The Gulf Film Festival Kicks Off in Dubai

By E. Nina Rothe The 5th annual Gulf Film Festival begins today, screening 155 films from 40 nations through the 16th of April. All showings are free and open to the public at Grand Cinemas, Dubai Festival City and the festival is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh […]