The Cannes Film Festival returned yesterday with a number of anticipated premieres; bringing the best of Hollywood and European film industry to the red carpet
The prestigious festival kicked off in the South of France, the eleven-day event shows appreciation for the global cinema, and we have a lot to look forward, because a number of Arab film are to featured during the exceptional film festival.
Among the biggest draws at this year’s festival is Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in a Charles Manson-era comedy drama. Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic Rocketman is also creating a buzz, as Bong Joon-ho’s return with Parasite. Ken Loach is also making a welcome comeback at the festival with his latest film, Sorry We Missed You.
Now back to the Arab Films that are giving us utter pride, here are the ones to keep an eye out for!
1-It Must Be Heaven
The only Arab film in the main Competition at @Festival_Cannes: IT MUST BE HEAVEN by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman. Suleiman won the Jury Prize at Cannes 2002 for DIVINE INTERVENTION, and the hype for his latest is off the charts. Stay tuned! #ITMUSTBEHEAVEN @SuleimanElia pic.twitter.com/grsn3cMs9V
— Arab Film and Media Institute (@arabfilmmedia) May 5, 2019
The drama film tells the story of a young student with a passion for fashion, while Algeria faces the hardship of Civil War-era. Nedjma the university student, decides to stage a fashion show, amidst these hardships to uplift the spirit of her fellow students.
Algerian filmmaker Mounia Meddour has directed five documentaries in the past, and her 2011 debut short film Edwige was selected for the Dubai International Film Festival, the Gulf Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. Papicha is her first full-length feature film.
ADAM, the latest film by #Moroccan director Maryam Touzani will screen in the "Un Certain Regard" Competition at #Cannes2019. Stay tuned for more, but for now, read the synopsis here: https://t.co/r6vfSk1lWP #SupportArabCinema #Cannes #Cannes72 #arab pic.twitter.com/LgmnA50IJr
— Arab Film and Media Institute (@arabfilmmedia) May 10, 2019
4- The Unknown Saint
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FEATURE FILM IN COMPETITION THE UNKNOWN SAINT by Alaa Eddine Aljem “With a light, witty touch, we can tackle any topic, regardless of how sensitive or taboo it may be, and not be provocative.” – Alaa Eddine Aljem __ LONG MÉTRAGE EN COMPÉTITION THE UNKNOWN SAINT (Le Miracle du Saint Inconnu) de Alaa Eddine Aljem « Avec une touche d'humour, on peut aborder tous les sujets, même les plus sensibles et tabous, sans être dans la provocation. » – Alaa Eddine Aljem #SDLC2019 I @condordistribution , @thematchfactory #cannes2019 #competition #featurefilm #alaaeddinealjem
Moroccan director Alaa Eddine Aljem’s comedy follows a young thief, who buries his stolen money, while escaping the police. After a decade, when the thief is released from prison, he goes back to look for his money but what he finds next was something he didn’t expect. A construction has taken place atop where he buried his money.
5- Tu Mérites un Amour
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FEATURE FILM SPECIAL SCREENING YOU DESERVE A LOVER (TU MÉRITES UN AMOUR) by Hafsia Herzi “From the first minutes of the shoot, I knew this film had its lucky star, I had no doubt.” – Hafsia Herzi __ SÉANCE SPÉCIALE LONG MÉTRAGE TU MÉRITES UN AMOUR de Hafsia Herzi « Dès les premières minutes du tournage, je savais que ce film était né sous une bonne étoile, je n’avais plus de doutes. » – Hafsia Herzi #SDLC2019 I @rezo_films #hafsiaherzi #featurefilm #specialscreening #cannes2019
Tunisian–Algerian actress Hafsia Herzi makes her first foray into directing with Tu Mérites un Amour. The film follows the break-up of a young couple, Lila and Remi. Exploring the effects that the breakup left on both of them, when they parted ways.
Best of luck to them all!
In celebration of the New Year … Socialista hosts distinguishable designers at La fête de Noel
Saying goodbye to a very remarkable year in the fashion industry and approaching a new aspiring one, Socialista Events blends the sparkling trendy fashion vibes with the most wonderful time of the year at la fête de Noel, the fashion exhibition held from Dec 18th – 20th at Park St. in Sheikh Zayed in partnership with the Arab African International Bank.
Bringing our beloved designers and celebrities from Egypt and Lebanon to celebrate and define the latest fashion trends of 2021, highlighting the means to master winter season, in the presence of Ayman Fathy, Katia, Diala Makki, Dina Ragheb, Hanady Mehana, Marzouk, Illyas, and Aisha El shabrawy.
The event showcased over 30 prominent Egyptian and Arab exhibitors for ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories, in addition to home accessories to provide all what you are looking for in the holiday season under one roof. On top of the exhibitors are; the diva Dalida Ayach, le Petit Chato, Dina Shaker, Koukla, Dalia Sabet, El Kasr Jewelry, Noha Abassi, El Baz Jewelry. Besides, Posh Shades, which brings the latest in the world of sunglasses and eyeglasses.
During the event, the Algerian-London based designer, Ilyes Quali held one-of-a-kind Trunk Show that presents contrasting sharp, structured tailoring with dramatic frills & pleats, mastering the art of creating pieces that imbibe the street style essence.
The serial entrepreneur, founder & CEO of Socialista Events, Yasmine Sarwat, highlighted how fashion is a core in the human well-being, how it impacts our mental health and encourages positivity and productivity. She stated, “The way we dress radiates outward to the surroundings, it also moves inward to speak what we feel and even affect our moods”. She explained that there is science behind fashion and stressed on the link between psychology and fashion, which puts great responsibility on the industry’s players especially during the times of different occasions of the year.
Sarwat added, “We are delighted to be hosting and celebrating the new year with our distinguishable partners of success and we always work to share the joy with our clients and present what they aspire for”.
For an unforgettable closing, the mega star Ruby was the main guest at La fête de Noel, who filled the night with her equisetic voice and wished happy beginnings for all the Arabs in the new year.
THE GOLDEN PARADE
In a spectacular display of cultural revitalization and preservation, Egypt stunned the world with her Golden Parade. The royal procession rivaled those of centuries past in extravagance and the awe it left in its wake. The official transference of 22 mummies, 18 pharaohs and four queens from The Egyptian museum in heart of Cairo to the next nucleus of Egyptian history and culture, The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. This momentous event came to being after a year long preparation in which the efforts of key individuals led to an unparalleled display which captivated millions across the globe. The colossal effort behind the scenes owe its thanks to several companies and individuals.
The phenomenal production by Kokoro Agency heads Production Designer and Art Director Mohamed Attia and partner Shady Ezz, oversaw the process to ensure the visually distinct nature of the Golden Parade. Following the event Mohamed Attia “The happiness and pride of the people come from how we as Egyptians are capable. That we’re capable of meeting the international standard, with it being accomplished yesterday before the eyes of every Egyptian and the world.” This substantial work stands as an example of Egyptian creativity and attention to detail which Shady Ezz remarked “after a year and a half worth of preparation, I’m delighted with the domestic and international reception”. Having successfully captured the grandiosity and awe inspiring spectacle of the Ancient Egyptians Kokoro and everyone involved in the production of the Parade have forged work that has earned the pride of Egyptians everywhere.
The visual journey that was embarked upon by every viewer who witnessed the parade was one guided by the hand of DOP and Director Mazen El Motagawel. Responsible for the vision of the event, his efforts ensured a spectacle that offered viewers a unique glimpse into the past, which he says “will never be repeated in a lifetime”. Through intricate rehearsals and preparation, he ensured that every second that was viewed on air deserved to be cemented in the minds and hearts of Egyptians. The parade necessitated a delicate touch and a carefully orchestrated sequence of events, which presented substantial challenges which required an unmatched creativity to ensure such a vision comes to fruition. He stated that “the lighting design was extremely technically demanding regarding how to manage lighting on such a grand scale, especially the coordination between the parade and the visual elements”. Mazen El Motagawel’s work was complemented by Ahmed El Morsi’s remarkable directing and filming the retelling of ancient Egyptian history by prominent Egyptian actors as well as the official anthem by the acclaimed artist Mohamed Mounir. All theses elements came together to mark a new chapter in modern Egyptian history in which it solidifies its identity. One that embraces the legacy of its past and its optimistic path towards achieving its potential.
The Christmas Bazars and Festivities to Catch This Holiday
Christmas festivities has already invaded most parts of Cairo and it’s our favorite season for a good reason! Anywhere you go, you can spot the festive decorations and stunning Christmas lights.
If Christmas IS your favorite holiday and you’re looking to make the best out of it, here are the best places to celebrate the holidays in! The following are the bazars to catch and the places with the most stunning winter vibes.
Walk of Cairo
Walk of Cairo is Zayed’s newest addition and it has it all! It has the vibes and the best entertainment anyone can ask for. They have Egypt’s first Museum of Illusions, so get ready to have your mind blown away. They have the nicest, massive decorations and they have lots of fun games!
Mall of Arabia
Mall of Arabia has done a wonderful job upping their game! The Park at Mall of Arabia has everything you need, from fun rides to carnival games during the weekdays and on weekends too. Just passing by the mall, you will be blinded with magnificent Christmas lights, so you can only imagine how it looks from the inside!
Enjoy plenty of activities at Downtown Katameya including foam clouds that you can indeed float on! VR competitions with a number of of IRL prizes, and a selfie booth where you can have your picture taken on their Christmas tree!
Arkan Plaza in Sheikh Zayed gives you the ultimate dining experience with the best decorations and a huge Christmas tree! Catch the festivities there while dining at one of their top notch restaurants.
It’s all about Christmas at Zed Park plus the fun games and rides that you most certainly don’t want to miss!
Let the festivities begin and the good time roll! Happy holidays everyone.
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