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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

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 audience, but also distribution and more screening options.

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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The festival kicked off perfectly for me inside the Palais on Wednesday morning, to watch the first Cannes screening of Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman. I expected entertainment from the film and instead, got a lesson in what it means to be a woman, a strong woman.

Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl: Coming Soon to a Heart Near You

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I don't know about you, but when someone says 'legendary' it's not often a word I associate with contemporary, entertaining and wonderfully human. Yet Khan's latest film Factory Girl, which enjoyed its world premiere at this year's DIFF is all that, and much, much more.

DIFF Dazzles: An Introductory Guide to the 10th Dubai International Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

To cinema lovers, this year's Dubai International Film Festival appears like a dream come true.

Of Middle East Cinema and Filmmakers in Cannes: Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

As much as I admire filmmakers, they are modern-day heroes for managing the nearly impossible feat of creating the magic of cinema despite financial restraints and all kinds of obstacles, we must recognize and applaud, encourage these cultural organizations that aid and assist.

Believing: Hany Abu-Assad's Omar Gets Standing Ovation in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.28.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Sitting across from Abu-Assad, one quickly realizes he is unlike most filmmakers, and that's why Omar is such a multi-layered, touching and wonderfully complex film.

The Man Inside by Karim Goury: Imperfection as Inspiration

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The Man Inside follows Karim Goury on a journey inside the room in Kuwait where his father lived the last few years of his life, and places him on the path of several momentous discoveries.

Beyond Hollywood: A Year End Review of Arab Cinema from Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Bottom line, if you're not watching films from or about this part of the world, you're not really watching films.

Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda: A Human Saudi Film To Tear Down the Divide

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Groundbreaking is definitely an overrated word these days. Yet there are some instances when nothing else will do. Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda for example, is a film that demands the multiple use of this word.