Category: CINEMA

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France / Death of René Vautier

The politically committed film-maker René Vautier, died on January 4th 2015 at the age of 86. Born on January 15th 1928 at Camaret-sur-Mer in Brittany, he joined the Resistance in 1943. After the war, he obtained his degree at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) and joined the French Communist Party. He is known …

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Italy / Death of film-maker Francesco Rosi

Francesco Rosi, Italian film-maker, author of “Le Mani sulla città” winner of the Golden Lion at the 1963 Venice Film Festival, and “Il caso Mattei” winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1972, died on Saturday, January 10th at the age of 92. Born November 15th 1922 in Naples, he started in the world …

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Egypt / Death of Faten Hamama, icon of Arab cinema

Egyptian actress Faten Hamama died on Saturday, January 17th at the age of 83. Her film career began at the age of 9 in Mohamed Karim’s “Happy Days”, but in the 1950s it really took off, reaching a peak in the 1970s. She appeared in hundreds of films in many different genres, from romantic comedy …

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France / Cinema release for David Oelhoffen’s “Loin des hommes”

David Oelhoffen’s “Loin des hommes” was released in French cinemas on January 14th. The film was inspired by Albert Camus’ short story “The Host” in his 1957 collection “Exile and the Kingdom”. “1954. While the Algerian war of independence is brewing in the valley, two men, total opposites, are forced to flee across the ridges …

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Morocco / Ban on “Exodus: Gods and Kings” lifted

Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” telling the story of Moses, has caused a lot of ink to flow since its release. Indeed, Morocco, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates banned the film, each for different reasons. In the UAE, the authorities refused its release because of “religious and historical errors”. In Egypt, the Minister …

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Italy / Funding from the Italian Ministry of Culture

On December 19th Italy’s Commissione per la Cinematografia, the film sub-commission of the Ministry of Culture, decided to give funding for feature-film projects and for first and second films. 10 feature films were recognized as having cultural interest and will share a total of 4.5 million euros. Among the films chosen are productions by Bellocchio, …

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