From Cup Final to The Human Resources Manager, from Lemon Tree to Zaytoun, Riklis has always talked about the untalkable in his films: Peace, humanity, and the ability to discuss what makes us different, while also celebrating our contrasts.
Still a bit to go until the Palme d'Or and Un Certain Regard prizes are announced in Cannes, and speculations are aplenty regarding the winners. Some say the festival was devoid of great works of art, others complained about the Festival de Cannes typical bureaucracy.
When a filmmaker knows how to say the right thing, I'm hooked before I even watch a film. Funny thing is, instinctually I almost always get it right, as far as my personal taste is concerned. The Other Side is a must-watch documentary by fellow Italian Roberto Minervini,
May in the Summer is a comedic drama about a Palestinian-American writer who goes home to Jordan for her wedding. I had the pleasure of interviewing the writer, director, and star Cherien Dabis shortly after the film's world premiere last year at the Sundance Film Festival.
Give me a film to learn my history, politics and geography any day, over news bulletins, newspapers and professors. I'll admit with pride that I've learned about everything worth knowing from filmmakers.
Written and directed by Cherien Dabis, May in the Summer is a disarmingly humorous, sharply observed and deeply affecting story about a Palestinian-American writer, May, who returns to her childhood home in Jordan in preparation for her summertime wedding.