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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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What to Expect From this Year’s Citadel Festival for Music and Singing

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The 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Signing kicked off yesterday and will carry on till the first of September, introducing a selection of the finest Egyptian and Arab musicians who shall bless the attendees at the spectacular venue.

The festival is one of the most anticipated musical events as it allows the audience to indulge on an artistic journey of music from all genres, performed in the heart of Cairo’s most glorious spots, Salah El Deen Citadel.

The festival will bring you musical troupes from across the world to perform at the Citadel’s two stages, and over the next 15 days, the festival will host 42 concerts for local and international artists, some of which will be their first time to perform in Egypt.

This year’s edition tickets prices increased to EGP 20 due to the growth in concerts,  as it is to reach three concerts per-day instead of two.

Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem said that the festival is an another attempt towards achieving the development goals by raising people’s cultural and artistic awareness, in addition to positioning Egypt as a cultural and musical hub.  

“The Citadel Festival for Music and Singing is one of the prominent, and most important art festivals organised by the ministry of culture, that managed to obtain huge publicity, due to its enriching music diversity,” Abdel Dayem said.

The 28th edition of the festival comes also to celebrate Egypt’s presidency to the African Union, with the performances of artists from Tunisia, Algeria, Namibia, and Guinea.

This year’s edition will welcome Egyptian singers Mohamed Mohsen, Ali El-Haggar, Medhat Saleh, Hany Shaker, Dina El-Wedidi and Amr Selim band.

From the Middle East, comes the prominent Tunisian singer, Ghalia Benali, and the Lebanese artist Tania Kassis.

For the underground bands, Massar Egbari, and Cairo Band will be performing, and musician Hisham Kharma is scheduled to mark his first participation in the festival.

Last but certainly not least, veteran musician Omar Khairat will end the festival on a good note with a performance at the closing ceremony on the 1st of September.

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The Weekend Guide Here and There

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The long vacation is coming to an end and while some of us are returning to reality and going back to their jobs, others are still out there in Sahel where it is all about the tan lines, good times and of course parties! So those staying in Cairo or in Sahel, we have listed some of the hot parties happening this weekend in both places!

Esseily @Vibes Beach Club 

Today Esseily will help you kick off the day on a good note, so if you are returning soon to the real world, make a quick stop and enjoy your morning before heading back to Cairo.

Ivory 

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Are you ready for our FRIDAY HEAT ???

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If you’re not a morning person then hit Ivory at night where Belly dancer Diva Marine and DJ Armen Sarkis will take over the stage.

3- Bosy @La Femme 

Looks like Eid celebrations aren’t over yet at La Femma ladies beach, so take the chance, let loose and dance along Bosy this Friday.

Oka & Ortega @Rakkan 

Get ready this Friday night August 16th for the hot duo Oka & Ortega, alongside belly dancer Najla for another hot night!

Block Part Ft. Feedo at CJ610 

Cairo Jazz 610’s Block Party features DJ Feedo, who takes to decks for a round of R&B tunes.

For more information and reservations click here.

The Disc Jockeys @TheTapWest 

 

The brilliant duo The Disc Jockeys rock the stage this Saturday at The Tap West, so get ready for one magnificent session of your favorite groovy beats at the West side of town.

 

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The Sahel Guide For Your Eid Getaway

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Heading to Sahel for a quick Eid Al-Adha getaway? Well then, we better help you make up your mind on how and where to spend it in Sahel.

The how is easy because what’s better than sand, music and dancing? So beach club it certainly is, and here are which clubs are throwing what parties for you to enjoy!

Iguana North Coast 

Eid celebration in Iguana will take you on a night full of stars that includes Amina, Ahmed Shiba, Mahmoud Elithy and Sultry linda in volume 2 night of Cabaret El Nojoum.

Happening on Tuesday 13 of August, For reservation : 01274550200 / 01274550500

Exit Club 

They are having the multi-notes artist Lehar on 13th of August to start the Eid festivities in full blast. So join him as he grace the decks of Exit with his tunes!

For reservation call 01017030333

Vibes Beach Club 

On Monday the 12th, DJ Feedo will rock our world, then DJ filex will take over on Tuesday and finally both Dj Ahmet Kilic and Dj Nada will rock on Wednesday 14.

For their entire Eid schedule, visit their Instagram page and hurry up to reserve!

Ivory

Es, Ess Esalamo 3aleko! I bet you sang this and didn’t just read it. Join Ivory next Tuesday as Hakim takes over the place with some of his nostalgic beats.

Also on Monday, El Leithy AND Poussy will be in for a wild night and you surely don’t want to miss this duo!

Rakkan North Coast 

Rakkan surely made it so much easier for us with this schedule and so much fun with them bringing Hisham Abbas, Leithy, and more! We also can’t wait to see what they have in store for us for the surprise acts on Cabaret night!

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Rakkan’s entertainment schedule for our next week🔥

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