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E. Nina Rothe
E. Nina Rothe is a writer and avid world traveler who was born in Florence, Italy, of a Neapolitan mother and German father. Nina’s greatest gift lies in her ability to identify the latest trends and hottest destinations. She has written on world cinema and culture for Chic Today, elan, EGO, Tehelka, AVS TV, Shawati' Abu Dhabi and Tatler Homes Singapore. She has also been an on-air reporter covering TIFF, the Tribeca Film Festival, Doha TFF, NY Fashion Week and interviewed Bollywood filmmakers as well as Hollywood celebrities. Nina has contributed regularly to luxury magazine Bespoke, a publication with distribution throughout the Middle East, where she has published pieces on such diverse subjects as Christian Louboutin, Arab arts in the US, Miral's writer Rula Jebreal and the Tata buyout of Jaguar Land Rover. Nina has called home Florence, Rome, NYC, Los Angeles and London, among a few other cities.

Entries by E. Nina Rothe

The Art of Getting By: Richard Wilson and The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig, at the Royal Film Performance, photograph by Scott Myers

"As artists, we are eternally heartbroken" is a personal favorite quote by Lady Gaga and while the struggle, the hardships of being an artist in...

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European Film Screenings in the UAE: Trying for Peace, Love and Understanding

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:01 PM

I love what Quentin Tarantino says, "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, no, I went to films." It's so true, just as art is only learned by looking at paintings and then drawing, doing, so filmmaking can only be achieved by watching the...

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Best of Venice: With Tsili Amos Gitai Explains Survival in a Desperate Universe

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Meshi Olinski, Sara Adler and Adam Tsekhman in Tsili by Amos Gitai

As we commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War and after passing through the atrocities and destructive treaties of WWII, these days we inch closer to a...

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Best of Venice: Nabat, Because Paradise Lies Beneath a Woman's Feet

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 11:04 AM


In his director's statement for Nabat, Azerbaijani filmmaker Elchin Musaoglu wrote "I sincerely feel that if more power were given to mothers, the world would be a better place." His film premiered in the Orizzonti section of the Venice...

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Best of Venice: Ghesseha, Iranian Tales That Have Found a Way to Be Told

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Fatemeh Motamed Aria in Ghesseha (Tales) by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

The best parts of writing about films is learning the stories behind the story. Meeting the filmmakers, discovering the passion of the actors, finding out the hardships faced by producers, those all conspire to...

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Best of Venice: Theeb Takes the World by (Sand) Storm

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 10:31 AM

2014-09-08-THEEB_CARTEL_01_AF.jpg I had a very selfish craving for the film Theeb (which means "Wolf" in Arabic) to be good: I like the filmmakers and their crew. I've actually grown very fond of them in the last few days, thanks...

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Best of Venice: 'Words with Gods', Finding the Divine Within Our Imperfections

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 6:52 AM

A still from "Kaboki" by Bahman Ghobadi, in Words with Gods

"I looked in temples, churches & mosques. I found the Divine within my Heart." Rumi

If there is a lesson to be learned from the nine short films that blend to...

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Best of Venice: Talking Melbourne With Payman Maadi and Nima Javidi

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:43 AM


Kicking off the International Critics' Week sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, Iranian film Melbourne set the tone for all great things, and movies to come for me. Melbourne starts off with a census collector knocking at the door...

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The Venice Diaries: Amos Gitai, What Is a Celebrity and the (Attempted) Murder of Italian Cinema

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:35 AM

2014-09-04-THEEB_JacirEidasTheeb_driedland.jpgA scene from Theeb directed by Naji Abu Nowar

I'm having a hard time associating the reality that I have witnessed here on the ground at the Venice Film Festival with what I read in the international press. Sentences as...

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Why the iTunes Deal with Front Row Filmed Entertainment Is a Dream Come True

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 3:32 AM

2014-09-04-1Where_Do_We_Go_Now_filmstill1_NadineLabaki_byRudyBouChebel_CourtesyofSonyPicturesClassics1.jpgNadine Labaki in a scene from her film Where Do We Go Now?

I believe wholeheartedly in the power of cinema to change the world. One only has to view the current state of affairs to know how tragically true that statement is. We...

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The Venice Diaries: Words With Gods (of Cinema) and the Political Outcry Behind Villa Touma

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:37 AM

2014-09-02-05_ThebookofAmos_300dpi.jpg From "The Book of Amos" by Amos Gitai in Words with Gods

What does it mean to be religious in today's world? To me, spirituality is a very personal thing, a one-way conversation with my God, in private. God doesn't answer to a...

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The Venice Diaries: Theeb, How the World Will End, and There's an App for That!

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 4:54 AM

2014-08-30-99Homes0014b.jpg Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in a scene from Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes

Would you use an app that sends a message to other users in the area so they could go break up with your boyfriend, or propose to your sweetheart? Well,...

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The Venice Diaries: Kicking Off With a Bang, and a Birdman

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 11:55 AM


While most girls dream of interviewing George Clooney, I have always wanted to sit across from actor Payman Maadi, from the Oscar-winning Iranian film A Separation. Maadi to me represents the very best of the acting profession, a mixture of sultry...

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Helping to Create a New Spectator: Giorgio Gosetti of Venice Days

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 10:40 AM

2014-08-25-Immagine_Giornate_204_ita1210720142332190.jpg At last year's Venice Film Festival, I found myself drawn into an alternate world -- the relaxed, wonderfully inviting and welcoming environment of Villa degli Autori, just steps away from the Hotel Excelsior, yet worlds apart. While a...

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We Need a Hero: Bill O'Dowd of Dolphin Films Talks Mattel's Max Steel

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 8:56 AM


All we really need to do is watch a teenager playing a video game -- trance-like and oblivious to the world around them -- to know that entertainment, in every way shape or form, can change the way we think and...

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Rediscovering Iranian Artist Bahman Mohassess in Fifi Howls from Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM


To most, the name Bahman Mohassess will not mean much. I know it didn't to me at first, before coming across a wonderful new documentary titled Fifi Howls from Happiness.

The film, directed by Mitra Farahani, is a...

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And Now for a Bit of Good News: La Guarimba International Film Fest

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:32 AM


"I'm asked that a lot: 'James, is there really a continuing spiritual renaissance occurring on this planet? Look at all the conflict, look at the wars.' And I believe, yes, we're still moving toward a deeper spirituality. It's personal. It's grassroots. It's everybody...

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Six Films That Could Save the World

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 10:23 AM

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." -- Mahatma Gandhi

I've learned all I know about faraway cultures and long-standing conflicts from art -- more specifically films. My knowledge lies deep within my heart, it lives constantly in the recesses on my mind, and...

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Discovering an Emperor With Adrien Brody and Lee Tamahori in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:23 AM

2014-07-10-ADFF_Oct16_TheMakingofWrecked_007.jpg Acting teacher Richard Pinter would say to his students that a great actor, even a fascinating human being for that matter, should be unpredictable. And no one represents that complete statement as much as Adrien Brody. He's elegant, handsome, with...

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Cinematic Ukraine: Getting Ready for the 5th Odessa International Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 7:06 AM


Back in May of this year, the Odessa International Film Festival embarked on a crowdfunding campaign to raise $25,000 through Indiegogo. To quote festival organizers, their financial goal was needed to "maintain the high level of the line-up and...

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