Arts & Culture - Film

Russia shuns Oscars as Ukraine standoff hits arts

​Russia has decided not to put forward a film to compete in the Oscars this year, as Moscow's deteriorating ties with the West over Ukraine have hit arts and culture.

Critic Essam Zakaria returns to lead Ismailia Int'l Film Festival for Documentaries & Shorts

Egyptian critic Essam Zakaria returns as president of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts (IIFFDS) in its 24th edition, the Ministry of Culture announced on Sunday.

Colombian film wins San Sebastian festival's Golden Shell

The Colombian film “Los Reyes del Mundo” (“The Kings of the World”) has won the top award at the 70th San Sebastian film festival in Spain.

Iran Oscar-winning director Farhadi urges 'solidarity' with protesters

Iran's two-time Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi on Sunday urged people worldwide to "stand in solidarity" with protesters following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police.

Oscar-winning 'Cuckoo's Nest' actor Louise Fletcher dies

Louise Fletcher, a late-blooming star whose riveting performance as the cruel and calculating Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” set a new standard for screen villains and won her an Academy Award, has died at age 88.

Egyptian actor Hesham Selim dies at 64

Renowned Egyptian actor Hesham Selim passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer.

Submissions open for Hungarian director Béla Tarr’s Filmmaking workshop

The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is still receiving submissions for the Hungarian director Béla Tarr’s Filmmaking workshop that will be held as part of upcoming 44th edition.

Steven Spielberg's 'Fabelmans' wins Toronto audience award

Steven Spielberg's autobiographical coming-of-age drama “The Fabelmans” won the Toronto International Film Festival's top prize, the People's Choice Award, solidifying its early status as Academy Awards frontrunner.

'Majestic' Greek 'Zorba' star Irene Papas dies at 93

Greek-born actor Irene Papas, famous for her fiery appearances in the internationally acclaimed The Guns of Navarone and Zorba the Greek, died Wednesday at the age of 93.

Alexandria prepares for comedy-centred 38th Mediterranean Countries Film Festival

The 38th edition of Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (AMCFF) this October aims to highlight comedic films and the actors who infuse them with joy

Egypt's 3rd edition of Animatex Festival promises wide-ranging programming dedicated to animation

Cairo’s Tahrir Cultural Centre is preparing to host the third edition of Animatex, Egypt’s largest event covering the many aspects of the animation field between 25-29 September.

US opioid crisis doc wins top prize at Venice film festival

A documentary tracing an artist's campaign against the family behind the US opioid drug epidemic scooped the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, on Saturday.

The Swimmers by Egyptian-Welsh director Sally El-Hosaini opens Toronto Film festival

The Swimmers, a Netflix sports drama by Egyptian-Welsh director Sally El-Hosaini, opened the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in its premiere.

Jailed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi competes in Venice

The Venice Film Festival left a symbolic empty place for Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi on Friday as his latest movie got its world premiere while he languishes behind bars in Tehran.

Hend Sabry among 6 Arab women filmmakers honoured by RSFF in Venice

Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabry was among six Arab women filmmakers who were honoured last week by The Red Sea Film Festival (RSFF) at a special gala that was organised on the sidelines of the Venice Film Festival.

Colin Farrell on his 'painful, violent' new Irish film

Colin Farrell's new film, starring alongside old friend Brendan Gleeson, takes the pitch-black humour of their much-loved "In Bruges" to even darker, stranger places.

Full of intrigue, 'Don't Worry Darling' dazzles Venice

After much anticipation, Olivia Wilde's “Don't Worry Darling” finally had its world premiere Monday night at the Venice International Film Festival.

Remembering Fouad El-Mohandes: The Master of Egyptian comedy

Prominent Egyptian film actor Fouad El-Mohandes, who was born on 6 September 1924, was one of Egypt’s most popular film and theatre stars during the latter half of the 20th century.

Veteran Egyptian director Aly Abdel-Khalek dies aged 78

Renowned Egyptian director Aly Abdel-Khalek has passed away at the age of 78 on Friday in Cairo, his family announced.

Venice film fest launches with Ukraine and 'toxic event' satire

The Venice Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday with a powerful message from Ukraine's president and a topical opening film starring Adam Driver about a deadly health crisis and misinformation.

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