Change has come to the Gulf’s oldest international film festival, and brought with it a little more uncertainty for the region’s filmmakers. Earlier this week...
The films of Andrey Zvyagintsev offer a vibrant document of Russia’s post-Soviet condition.
“Each film I make feels like my last,” Tilda Swinton said, eyes focused on the middle distance between herself and her audience.
In 2012 a young Tunisian woman went to a nightclub to party with some friends.
Asghar Farhadi doesn’t feel his Oscar win for “The Salesman” is the least bit tainted by the pall of politics surrounding it.
Mike Reiss says “The Simpsons” doesn’t plan to make a big deal about Donald Trump over the next four years.
Aleksandr Sokurov is one of the great masters of cinema.
“Tramontane,” the feature film debut of Vatche Boulghourjian, tells the story of a young musician named Rabih.
One of the interesting developments in Arabic-language cinema over the past decade or so has been the proliferation of genre – road movies, coming-of-age...
Among the minute number of people who attend film festivals routinely, there is a quiet debate about the best way to get things going.
The rags-to-riches story can be a compelling cinematic thing. Combining the coming-of-age tale – and with it the potential allure of child actors – with...
If Abu Dhabi had announced a decade ago that it was shutting its film festival, it wouldn’t warrant more than a passing reference in a Beirut newspaper.
Gael Garcia Bernal is among Mexico’s best known cultural exports.
“If you notice, ‘Qumra’ doesn’t include the word ‘festival,’” Elia Suleiman blinks at the trade magazine journalists sitting across the table from him.
Cinema is a bit like newspaper journalism. In their mainstream forms, both media need to appeal to a wide audience.
It is 1916 in the province of Hijaz. Though on the southern periphery of the Ottoman Empire, the territory, and the pilgrimage cities of Mecca and Medina in...
The curtain rose on the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Thursday evening with the movie “From A to B.” The sophomore feature of Ali Mostafa, ADFF’s opening film tells...
Next month Qatar will host a gathering that mingles freshman and sophomore filmmakers from the MENA region with feted, even venerated, cinema figures.
Qumra, the Doha Film Institute’s film incubator platform, held its second edition earlier this month. The event was an upbeat affair.
For audiences in the multiplex, it’s all about the actors. While invested in the cult of the director, entertainment journalists do admit that directors of...