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The Arab Films Featured at Cannes Film Festival 2019

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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 ParasiteKen 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 

Directed by the Palestinian Elia Suleiman, the movie follows the story of a traveler who journeys from his home land Palestine, all the way to the west. Feeling homesick, he seeks cities like Paris and NYC for a familiar sense of home. But he recognizes that none would make up for the land he left behind.
It is a story that questions one’s identity and sense of belonging, when trying to escape his origins.

2- Papicha

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.

3- Adam

The movie tells the story of two women who encounter each other in the Casablanca. Samia, a pregnant young woman, and Abla, a widow who struggles to fulfill the needs of her eight-year-old-daughter. Samia seeks refuge at Abla’s house, before her birth delivery date, and together they experience a sort of rebirth and rediscover a zest for life.

4- The Unknown Saint

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

TunisianAlgerian 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!

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The Christmas Bazars and Festivities to Catch This Holiday

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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!

Downtown Katameya

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

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.

Zed Park

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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Christmas Concerts to be Held at Cairo and Alexandria Opera Houses

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Both Cairo and Alexandria Opera Houses are set to celebrate Christmas with three concerts and ballet shows to be held on the 10th, 13th and 14th of December.

The concerts will be all about festivities and Christmas spirit, by presenting a selection of well-known musicals and international songs that are being presented for the very first time. They’re being prepared by Amir Awad, Osama Ali, and Imad Adel, under the supervision of Magdy Saber.

The Cairo Opera Troupe will present three concerts and ballet shows designed by Armenia Kamel, supervised by art director Iman Mostafa and directed by Abdullah Saad.

Cairo Opera Orchestra and the Cairo Opera Choir will also participate in the concerts, also with the participation of art shows performed by members of the Cairo Opera Ballet.

The concerts in Cairo will be held at the Cairo Opera’s Grand Theater and the third concert will take place in the Sayed Darwish Theater at Alexandria Opera.

 

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Egypt’s Ministers Sit Down to Discuss Egypt’s Participation in Dubai Expo2020

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Egypt is getting ready for its participation in one of the biggest events the Dubai Expo 2020 and to prepare for the event, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani met with Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea to go over the arrangements. 

After getting postponed due to the virus, the Dubai Expo will take place for six months from October 2021.

The meeting was attended by Ms Ghada Shalaby, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Maghawry, Head of the Commercial Representation Authority and General Commissioner for the Egyptian Participation at Expo Dubai 2020, and Mr. Hatem Al Ashry, Adviser to the Minister of Trade and Industry for Institutional Communication,.

In addition to representatives from the Ministries of Housing, Finance, Higher Education, Culture, Immigration, Tourism and Antiquities among several officials.

Dr. Khaled El Enany said that the ministry intend to present Egypt as a global archaeological and touristic destination in the pavilion at the Expo. According to him, the temporary exhibition at the Expo will showcase a number of Egyptian antiquities to reflect Egypt’s rich ancient history.

The minister also added that they’re keen on having a digital presence during the exhibition, which is why a a live broadcast of a number of Egyptian monuments and archaeological sites will be presented.

We can’t wait to see the history of Egypt beautifully presented at one of the hugest events of the time!

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