Posts Tagged ‘Art House Film’


Alexandria’s filmmakers make the most of their city

On Friday, Zawya‘s second night of “Shorts Revisited” was at full capacity. A crowd waited eagerly at the cinema’s entrance. But this crowd was full of faces new to the Cairo art scene, and that’s because it was a night dedicated to short films coming from Egypt’s second largest city, and second cultural capital, Alexandria. […]

The Mulberry House by Sara Ishaq

Two films on Yemen in 2011 offer much to relate to

This week Scottish-Yemeni filmmaker Sara Ishaq presented two films back-to-back at Zawya: Oscar-nominated Karama has no Walls and a far more interesting feature on her family, The Mulberry House. – Published on Mada Masr. Both films screened at Zawya on Sunday 1 February, and interestingly enough, both were made simultaneously. Another fascinating discovery was that both […]

El Ott still by Ibrahim Batout

Four takes on Ibrahim El Batout’s Al-Ott

Four of Mada Masr’s staff review Ibrahim Batout’s Al-Ott. Published on Mada Masr. Amany Ali Shawky From the slums of our ancient city rises Al-Ott, a man who takes matters into his own hands to fight evil with evil. This protagonist (Amr Waked with an adequately minimal and piercing performance) along with his brother Ghagary […]

Still from The Do Gooders of Chloe and Lubna

The Do Gooders: Re-examining foreign aid to Palestine

British director Chloe Ruthven examines the little impact foreign aid has on the Palestinian occupation by turning the camera onto her own western attitude – Published on Ahram Online. One film that did not get the attention it deserved at the seventh edition of the Panorama of the European film due to schedule changes was […]

Like a matchstick Hussein El Imam

Like a Matchstick: Hussein Alimam’s directorial debut bowls over audiences at CIFF

Ahram Online speaks to Hussein Alimam’s son Youssef, who did the final edit of his late father’s directorial debut – Published on Ahram Online. When popular actor, comedian and musician Hussein Alimam sadly and suddenly died in May of this year, no one predicted the artist had an unfinished project under his belt. But this […]

Zawya Arthouse Cinema Cairo Egypt

Zawya brings alternative films to Odeon Cinema, Cairo

On Wednesday evening, Misr International Films opened its new Zawya initiative in the Odeon Cinema, bringing alternative and art house films to Downtown Cairo — Previosly published on Ahram Online. ———– Misr International Films (MIF), founded by late Egyptian director Youssef Chahine and the company behind the always eagerly awaited Panorama of the European Cinema, […]