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Dubai International Film Festival

Phenomenal Man: Samuel L. Jackson Channels James Baldwin in 'I Am Not Your Negro'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.04.2017 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

If I don't get to watch another film this year apart from Raoul Peck's Academy Award nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, I think I'll be cinema...

Where Are the Heroes? Arab Cinema in the Time of Extremism

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.17.2017 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

We've recently been witness to the fact that politics can definitely be cinematic. Maybe not always in a good way, but it is. So is cinema political i...

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: A Classy End To A Life-Changing Event

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.17.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

OK, I'll just preface this by saying that were the majority of film reviews written by women, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would never have been made....

Five Life Lessons I Learned from Andie MacDowell in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.14.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe the stylish, intelligent, kind and funny Andie MacDowell. I've always been convinced that while it's easy to ...

Why Everyone Should Watch Philippe Falardeau's 'The Bleeder' at the Dubai Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.13.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

It is seldom that you meet someone you can honestly, and with a straight face call kind in the cinema business. It's even more rare to find a person l...

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Samuel L. Jackson on Quentin and Spike Lee and Best of the Emirates

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.12.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

While there have been undeniably more wonderful films than what I've been able to watch at this year's Dubai International Film Festival, part of the ...

Living It Up Like a Movie Star: Inside the Exclusive Gift Lounge at the Dubai Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.13.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What if you could spend a day like a movie star, would you do it? I'd jump at the chance to have people fawn over me while enjoying free stuff lavishe...

Cannes, Popcorn and 'Lumière!': A Conversation with Thierry Frémaux in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.11.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What if you could take a journey through space and time and find yourself back in 1895 at the very moment of the invention of something so groundbreak...

"An International Film Festival with an Arab Heart": Masoud Amralla Al Ali Opens Up About Dubai Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.11.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Good things come to those who wait, they say. And wait I did, gladly, for my chance to interview the understanding, cinema-loving, intelligent, poetic...

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: 'Their Finest', Thierry Frémaux's 'Lumière!' and Yousry Nasrallah

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.10.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

During the superabundance of interesting meetings, star-filled junkets and glamorous parties that make up the Dubai international Film Festival, at ti...

Angels and No Regrets: Gabriel Yared Wins a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.10.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

You know that feeling you get when your favorite song comes on the radio, and you're driving down a quiet road with no one around? Yes, that emotion t...

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Why I Come Back to DIFF Time and Time Again

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.08.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This year, I came to Dubai with a chip on my shoulder. I think watching from afar as the Arab world self implodes and decisions are made based on the ...

Fits Me to a Tee: Falling in Love with Jordanian Brand Jobedu

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.28.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

French-Palestinian performing artist DJ Sotusura wears Jobedu's "Biggie" T-shirt The first time I saw Jobedu T-shirts, it was during the Dubai Inte...

'Star Trek Beyond': I've Been to the Future and It's Mind-blowing!

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Our prospects for the world in the future are pretty awesome, if only it weren't for an alienated terrorist with an agenda for revenge. Sounds like ...

Five Reasons I'm Sad to Miss the Cannes Film Festival... and a Few Why I'm Not

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.10.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

A still from The Cinema Travelers by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, screening as part of the Cannes Classics The Festival de Cannes kicks off t...

A Sartorial Road to The Oscars with Nominee Basil Khalil

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.02.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Basil Khalil and Best Actor nominee Eddie Redmayne When English-Palestinian filmmaker Basil Khalil heard that he'd been nominated for an Oscar, the f...

Doesn't Get Better Than This: A Wrap Up of the 2015 Dubai Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.30.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'm seldom impressed with celebrities, but I have to say that somehow their stars shine brighter in Dubai.

A Tale of Two Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal and Dev Patel in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.19.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I may sound like I'm gushing when I write that meeting the wise, striking Dev Patel and listening to a talk with the handsome, funny Jake Gyllenhaal were the highlights of this year's Dubai International Film Festival for me. And make no mistake, I am.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Truth in Journalism, Truth in Life with James Vanderbilt

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.15.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with James Vanderbilt to ask him a couple of questions about his film, and following are the highlights of a lovely, leisurely and deeply engrossing conversation.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Reinventing Ibsen for The Daughter

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.15.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Henrik Ibsen's work is all about ghosts from the past that somehow find their way back into our lives and alter it. These days, his plays feel very contemporary, because this idea that those hurting then go on to hurt others is a concept we are surrounded by, especially in the Arab world.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: The VIP Gift Lounge, Just in Time for the Holidays

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.14.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

If you think I like gifts, then you know me well. I mean, I like giving gifts as much, if not more than receiving them, and the simple act of holiday ...

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Why Naseeruddin Shah Is Worth Waiting For!

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.13.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What a beautiful film, what wondrous performances, what a perfect way to describe tragedy and its aftermath for the survivors, without dwelling in pathos or finding a simple way out of its inevitable ending. You know, just so everything can be tidy and easy, as a less talented filmmaker would have done.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Women Filmmakers, Arab Cinema, The Peanuts Movie and Jacob Tremblay

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.12.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

My third day here was highlighted by a touching talk with nine-year old Room co-star Jacob Tremblay, an insightful chat about Arab cinema and women filmmakers with DIFF's Managing Director Shivani Pandya and a trip down comic strip memory lane with the producer and director of The Peanuts Movie.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Zinzana, by the Arab Tarantino

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.11.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Ultimately Zinzana is everything I dream about for Arab cinema. A narrative that moves away from the Arab Spring, the social issues and the looming dangers on the other side of border and towards creativity and a universal appeal.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Changing the Narrative for the Arab World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.09.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Extremism consists of a narrative laden with terror created by outcasts, and violence fueled by boredom. If you change the narrative, you can change the world.