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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

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 better, cinema to get me to the heart of the matter.

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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.17.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Walking up the stairs of the Theatre Croisette inside the JW Marriott after the screening, I felt as if I was thankfully coming up for air, after having been submersed in feelings and beautifully cinematic anguish for nearly two hours.

Movie Review: Omar

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

That question of loyalty, deception and betrayal haunts the Oscar-nominated film Omar by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, whose dark, weirdly funny Paradise Now was also an Oscar nominee.

'Omar in Toronto': Nazareth, in the Land of Film and Hany (Abu-Assad)

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.08.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Nazareth is infectious. From the moment I set foot in town, I knew why the filmmaker had moved back to "the ghetto," as Abu-Assad affectionately calls it -- to his family's building, where he's now surrounded by uncles, aunts, and his amazing mother who lives just upstairs.

Live from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Friday, June 28

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A film festival's first day -- particularly when it's your first day at a festival you've never attended before -- is always a discovery process (though, of course, discovery is what going to film festivals is all about).

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.