Category: CINEMA

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Morocco / Return of the Marrakesh Fête du Cinéma

The 2nd Fête du Cinéma in Marrakech was organized from September 27th to 29th. The Festival opened with Zabou Breitman’s Swallows of Kabul. There were screenings of Moroccan film classics, such as: De quelques événements sans signification (1974, Mostafa Derkaoui) and the rushes of La Longue Journée (1969, Mohamed Abazi and Donna Woolf), discovered in …

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Tunisia / The Tunisian Cinémathèque pays tribute to Youssef Ben Youssef

On Tuesday September 17th the Tunisian Cinematheque launched its new season, which includes an exhibition of the work of director of photography Youssef Ben Youssef, who died in December 2018. This posthumous tribute will continue until November 10th. Mohamed Zine Elabidine, Minister of Tunisian Cultural Affairs, was present at the opening. Film professionals and personalities, …

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Jordan / “Anthology Film: Women in the Maghreb – Mashreq Region”: start of post-production

The Jordanian Royal Film Commission and UNESCO, with the support of the European Union, have announced that the five teams collaborating to make “Anthology Film: Women in the Maghreb – Mashreq Region” have completed production of their short films and are now starting post-production. The project is part of a programme to strengthen the film-makers’ …

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United States / The 2020 Oscar awards: Mediterranean candidates for Best International Feature Film

The registration period is officially open for nominations for the Academy Awards Best International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign Language Film) to be presented at the 92nd Academy Awards. To be eligible for this Oscar, films must have been released in their country of origin between October 1st 2018 and September 30th 2019. Once all …

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Lebanon / The director Ahmad Ghossein wins three awards at the ICW of the Venice Film Festival

Ahmad Ghossein’s Lebanese film All This Victory has won three awards during the International Critics’ Week at the 76th Venice Film Festival: the Critics’ Grand Prix, the Audience Award and the Best Technical Contribution Award. Synopsis. Lebanon, July 2006. War is raging between the Hezbollah and Israel. During a 24-hour ceasefire, Marwan sets off in …

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Croatia / “The Diary of Diana B”, major winner at Pula Film Festival

At the closing ceremony of the 66th Pula Film Festival on July 21st, Dana Budisavljevic received four Golden Arenas for her docu-drama The Diary of Diana B. Her film won the top award, the Grand Golden Arena for Best Festival Film, and she herself won the Golden Arena for Best Director. Her musicians, Nenad and …

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France / Dominique Boutonnat, new chair of the CNC

In a press statement on July 24th the Ministry of Culture announced the new chairman of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Dominique Boutonnat, a French producer – the first time this job has been given to a film professional, not an administrator. M. Boutonnat will take over from Frédérique Bredin, whose …

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