North Africa / The new jurors of the Critics’ Awards for Arab Films

The Arab Cinema Centre (ACC) has enlarged its jury for the 4th Critics’ Awards for Arab Films. Originally there were just 75 jurors, then 67 new members were added, making a committee of 142 critics from 57 countries in five continents, the largest jury in any competition of Arab world films. Last September the ACC …

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France / Panorama of North African and the Middle Eastern Films

From March 3rd to 21st the Panorama des Cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient (Panorama of North African and the Middle Eastern Films) returns for its fifteenth year. Organized by Indigènes Films, the PCMMO is an international film festival showing the diversity of film-making in the Middle East and North Africa. Every year for a …

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Tunisia / The new film by Kaouther Ben Hania

Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisian director of Le Challat de Tunis (2013), Zaineb n’aime pas la neige (2016) and La Belle et la Meute (2017) is preparing a new feature film, L’Homme qui a vendu sa peau (The Man Who Sold His Skin). His crew travelled between locations in Tunisia, Belgium and the south of France. …

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France / New Printemps du film engagé

The citizens’ collective behind the Printemps du film engagé (Season of politically committed film) is preparing its fifth edition. From Friday March 6th to Wednesday 13th the catch-phrase in Marseille will be: “Y’a urgence !” (This is an emergency!). For a week, screenings followed by discussions are scheduled in different venues in Marseille. The Le Gyptis …

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Morocco / Adam shines a light on the female condition

On February 5th Adam, a first feature by Moroccan actress, director and screenwriter Maryam Touzani, was released in French cinemas. Her film has already been noticed in various festivals – at Cannes in two categories, Un certain regard and the Queer Palm, then later at the Angoulême French-language film festival. Maryam Touzani uses her camera …

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Israel / Lior Raz again on Netflix

At the end of 2016 the streaming platform Netflix purchased the broadcasting rights for Season 1 then Season 2 of the Israeli series Fauda. One of the series’ creators and screenwriters, and also one of its lead actors, is Lior Raz. He was brought up in Jerusalem’s eastern suburbs, then when he left school did …

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France / Casting for Le temps des secrets

Christophe Baratier (Les Choristes, L’Outsider) pays tribute to Marcel Pagnol by producing a film adaptation of the final volume of the French writer’s childhood reminiscences, Le temps des secrets. Although the first two volumes, Le Château de ma mère and La Gloire de mon père, were filmed in 1990 by Yves Robert, Le temps des …

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