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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 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. She also contributes to Shawati' Abu Dhabi. Nina has lived in Florence, Rome, NYC, Los Angeles and London.

Entries by E. Nina Rothe

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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AMBI's Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino: Changing the World, One Film at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 12:23 PM


I'm always pleasantly surprised when I sit down to interview a powerful, beautiful, intelligent woman who is not afraid to mix her wisdom with her femininity. And even more amazed when she's accompanied by a man, a partner confident enough to...

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Discovering Azerbaijan in Cannes: A Talk with the Torn Cast and Crew

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 8:55 AM


While a cacophony of media and breaking news buzz around us in our daily lives, I personally need the human touch to help me understand a country or a situation. And for that human touch I turn to art, music or even...

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Mohamed Hefzy: Ismailia Film Fest Director, Film Clinic Producer & Filmmaker

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 9:05 AM


Until about a year ago, I found little reason to watch modern Egyptian cinema. Besides a film like The Yacoubian Building, which offered glimpses into some well-drawn human characters, cinema from Egypt seemed like an inside joke I was forever destined to miss...

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These Final Hours: A Chat With Zak Hilditch, Nathan Phillips and Angourie Rice in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 9:13 AM


I'll admit I'm not a big fan of disaster, end-of-the-world movies, perhaps because such films typically focus on an event and not the human consequences. I'm all about the human story.

So, for the first 20-odd minutes, Zak Hilditch's These Final Hours, which...

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The Titli Interviews: Yash Raj Films' Avtar Panesar in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 2:11 PM


Titli photocall in Cannes -- Avtar Panesar, flanked by actor Ranvir Shorey (left) and director Kanu Behl (right) --Photo RETIX-AGENCY

When you put together two Indian cinema heavyweights like Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Yash Raj Films, you can't help but have a...

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Reinventing Reality: An Interview with the Party Girl Filmmakers in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Freedom is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. It seems everywhere in this grand world of ours, freedom and its basic concepts are being used to claim what is rightfully ours and fight oppression. To me personally, freedom finds its deepest meaning in Albert Camus' words:...

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The Titli Interviews: Filmmaker Kanu Behl in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 9:23 AM


For me, there is always a film within a festival that defies all expectations. Of course, to even choose a film from a catalogue of hundreds, it has to be on my radar for a few reasons (some truly mundane) which include favorite...

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The Cannes Diaries: Ending on a High Note with Jimmy's Hall

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 10:43 AM

2014-05-24-ba3c9736a6c44f8e50b7bee8bd90be00.jpg I'm amazed at the amount of people I've been able to meet while in Cannes and the insight I've gained. Last year the festival for me was all about one incredible Palestinian film and the filmmakers behind it,...

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'The Titli Interviews': Actor Ranvir Shorey in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:02 AM


In my love of world cinema, I've gone through phases. At first it was films from Iran, then Bollywood movies took me in their healing arms right after 9/11, and when my demons had finally been expulsed, I started enjoying what at the...

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Fear and the Filmmaker in Cannes: The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:39 PM


After the great momentum gained last year in the Festival de Cannes with Hany Abu-Assad's 'Un Certain Regard' Jury Prize winner Omar, I'll admit I was a bit disappointed at how light the program is this year with Arab cinema and...

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The Cannes Diaries: Star Wars in Abu Dhabi, Adrien Brody as an Emperor and Ranvir Shorey

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, is filming in Abu Dhabi! Okay, got that out before I would burst with excitement. Now I can finally relax, after a morning spent bubbling with anticipation, half-knowing the news but not yet sure I could talk about it. See, in my...

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Queen of the Gift Lounges: DPA's Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 9:51 AM

2014-05-21-Nathalie3.jpeg Sometimes what a woman needs to get through the day is a little bit of luxury. After some full days and exhausting evenings of film-watching, interviews-transcribing and general all-around schmoozing at the Festival de Cannes, I felt emotionally drained. I...

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The Cannes Diaries: Grace of Monaco, a Slasher, a Party Girl and SANAD

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:38 PM


The Festival de Cannes so far has been overwhelming, and overwhelmingly amazing. Everyone is here, and I mean everyone. But beyond the celebrities, the parties, the red carpets and the premieres, there are films, serious films, wonderful films, sublime filmmakers and...

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Challat of Tunis at ACID in Cannes: Urban Legend or True Lunatic?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 8:06 AM

2014-05-19-challat2903142.jpg Kaouther Ben Hania's film Challat of Tunis screened in front of an overpacked, sold-out audience this year in Cannes, part of the ACID program. ACID is a French film directors association that helps films find an...

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The Cannes Diaries: Divorce Orthodox Style, the Next Arab Superstar and Hugs on the Croisette

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 5:10 AM

2014-05-18-HTFile.jpg Ronit Elkabetz in Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem

The Festival de Cannes continues to be both astounding and demanding. While the meetings and human contact is unequaled for me -- it feels like a wonderfully inclusive high school reunion where...

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The Business of Arab Cinema, in Cannes: Alaa Karkouti of MAD Solutions

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:07 PM


Put me on the spot, go ahead. Ask me to name my favorite company, for marketing, distributing and all around encouraging great cinema from the Arab world and I'll answer, without thinking or blinking: MAD Solutions, of course! With cinema journalist and analyst...

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The Cannes Diaries: Only a Few Hours Till D-Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 3:13 PM


I loved receiving an email yesterday from a publicist at UniFrance films announcing that today would be "D-Day." It's so true, it feels as if everything has taken on a weird otherworldly dimension in Cannes, as if time stood still until...

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