Category: CINEMA

All about cinema in Mediterranean

ITALY / Cinema: a beautiful first 6 months

Cinemas in Italy did really well in the first half 2015. Between January and June, there was a 5% increase in attendance with 51 million admissions against 49 million in the same period in 2014. Income amounted to 330 million euros against 302 million the previous year, an increase of 9.4%. The figures were announced …

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EGYPT / Omar Sharif is no longer

The Egyptian actor Omar Sharif died July 10th at the age of 83. He began his film career in 1954 in Youssef Chahine’s “Struggle in the Valley” (1954) and “Dark Waters” (1956). But it was his role as the desert prince Sherif Ali in David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) which made him an international …

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FRANCE / Release of “La belle promise”

“La Belle Promise”, a Palestinian film by Suha Arraf, was released in French cinemas on June 10th. Arraf is particularly known for her work as script-writer on Eran Riklis’ “The Syrian Bride” and “Lemon Tree”, and for winning the “Mediterranean Issues Grand Prix” at the 2011 PriMed for her documentary “Women of Hamas”. Set in …

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TURKEY / Turco-Armenian film platform

In June, members of the Turkish-Armenian Film Platform – directors, actors, producers, academics and film professionals – gathered for their biannual meetings. Created in 2007 at the 47th International Yerevan Film Festival, the Platform works on both sides of the Armenian-Turkish border to develop cultural exchanges on joint film projects. Members of the organisation want …

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TURKEY / Film adaptation of “Robinson Crusoe ve Cuma”

Gürcan Yurt is making a film adaptation of his humorous hit cartoon, “Robinson Crusoe ve Cuma” (Robinson Crusoe and Friday) published in the weekly magazine Penguen. The film, produced by the Turkish film production company Bahçesi, is currently filming in Cuba. The role of Robinson is being played by Serhat Yıldız while John Nyambi is …

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MOROCCO / Digitisation of Moroccan film archives

The Board of Directors of the Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM), chaired by the Minister of Communications Mustapha El Khalfi, announced the launch of two major projects: the digitization of the national film archives (500 feature films), and the creation of a film lab to save and archive films. A tender was launched for the film …

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MOROCCO / Several foreign films being shot

Morocco is currently hosting some of the filming Ang Lee’s new film “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” in Ourzazate, with American actor Vin Diesel in the role of the soldier Shroom. The film is an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s book “End of half time for Billy Lynn soldier” about a 19 year old American soldier, …

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