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Ali The Goat And Ibrahim

Loco Films boards sales on Egyptian road movie 'Ali, The Goat, And Ibrahim'

EXCLUSIVE: Off-beat, buddy road movie, which world premiered at Dubai in December, due to screen at Unifrance Rendez-vous in Paris.

The Dark Wind

Kurdish director Hussein Hassan’s Isis drama triumphs in Dubai

The 13th edition of DIFF has revealed its winners with The Dark Wind scooping top prize.

Screen Dubai 2016 day 5

Dubai 2016: Screen's dailies

Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Dubai International Film Festival here.

Adam Bakri

Adam Bakri to star in Sen-Gupta’s Slam

DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Palestinian actor Adam Bakri (Omar) has been cast in Sydney-based director Partho Sen-Gupta’s upcoming drama Slam, alongside Australian actress Rachael Blake.

Little Eagles

Wheelchair gains momentum with Samir

DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian producer Mohamed Samir has boarded Wheelchair, the first narrative feature from Little Eagles director Mohamed Rashad.

Zaineb Hates The Snow

Kaouther Ben Hania plots ISIS bride doc

DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Habib Attia is producing documentary about a mother fighting to get her two teenage daughters back from Libya.

Eliane Raheb, Gabriel Khoury and Lara Abou Saifan

Raheb, Haffaf clinch top DFC prize

Lebanese filmmaker Eliane Raheb’s The Great Family and Algeria Is Still Far Away, from Algerian-French filmmaker Omar Haffaf, shared the $25,000 top prize at Dubai Film Connection (DFC) yesterday.

Mohamed Hefzy, George David, Hafiz Al Ali and Paul Baboudjian

Arab Film Institute launched in Dubai

Non-profit cultural body aims to promote Arab cinema and launch an Oscars-style awards ceremony.

In The Last Days Of The City

Zawya powers up Egyptian indies

Zawya Distribution is ramping up its 2017 slate of Egyptian independent features with titles including Tamer El Said’s In The Last Days Of The City and Mohamed Rashad’s DIFF competition title Little Eagles.

Shoot

Saudi director unveils soccer drama Shoot

Saudi director Aymen Khoja is unveiling his upcoming US-set, soccer-themed work Shoot at the inaugural edition of the Arab Cinema Lab at DIFF.

Borg vs McEnroe

Phoenicia scores an ace with Borg vs McEnroe

Lebanon-based distributor Phoenicia Pictures has acquired MENA rights to Borg vs McEnroe, about the famous rivalry between tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe, at Dubai Film Market.

Milan Popelka

DFM finance panel: Do your homework before approaching investors

FilmNation COO Milan Popelka tells Arab producers that there’s more money out there than good projects, but that capital is very specific in what it’s looking for.

Isabelle Huppert

Huppert makes Arab bow in Taia’s Treasure

DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed French actress Isabelle Huppert is in line to make her starring debut in an Arab film, playing a Morocco-born French woman in Abdellah Taïa’s The Treasure.

Saba Mubarak

Saba Mubarak joins Inshallah It’s A Boy

DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak has signed for the lead role in up-and-coming director Amjad Al-Rasheed’s debut feature Inshallah It’s A Boy – A Chapter From The Fabled Life Of Nawal.

Lady Macbeth

Front Row courts Lady Macbeth

DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based pan-Arab distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment picked up 31 titles at the recent American Film Market, including critically-acclaimed drama Lady Macbeth.

Asif Kapadia

Kapadia reveals details of Maradona doc

UK film-maker Asif Kapadia talked about his upcoming project, a documentary covering the life of football player Diego Maradona, in a panel about his career at DIFF.

LIsa

VOX boards Emirati trio

VOX Cinemas has boarded the next film by the makers of Emirati street racing hit Hajwala and also acquired local director Ahmed Zain’s comedy drama Lisa, which premieres at DIFF this year.

Kaswara Alkhatib

Uturn’s Dubai move heralds global push

Jeddah-based digital content platform Uturn Entertainment is moving its head office to Dubai as part of a push to expand across the region and further afield.

Kanu Behl

Three Rivers brings Indian projects to DIFF

Dubai Film Market is introducing a selection of Indian projects for the first time this year through a partnership with Europe’s PJLF Three Rivers Residency.

John Madden and actor Jake Lacy

John Madden not trumped by US election

UK film-maker John Madden admits he feared the drama of the US presidential election would overtake his Washington-set political film Miss Sloane as he was shooting it earlier this year.

Abdullah Hassan Ahmed

Sunrise wins IWC Filmmaker Award

UAE filmmaker Abdullah Hassan Ahmed’s Sunrise scooped the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award at DIFF last night.

Hedi

MAD pounces on DIFF competition titles

EXCLUSIVE: Cairo-based MAD Solutions has picked up five titles in DIFF’s Muhr Feature competition for distribution in the region.

Flash

DIFF VR sidebar offers touch of the theatrical

VR is shaping up to be a combination of cinema, theatre and gaming, says the director of the UAE’s first VR narrative short Flash.

Thierry Fremaux

Thierry Frémaux to present Lumière brothers tribute in Dubai

Cannes Film Festival and Institut Lumière chief to introduce the Gulf to work of cinema pioneers at DIFF.

Hiam Abbass

Abbass, Najjar to present projects at Dubai Film Connection

Co-production market running Dec 9-11 during the Dubai International Film Festival unveils line-up.

Nujoom Al Ghanem

DIFF unveils 2016 IWC Filmmaker Award short-list 

Three Gulf film-makers in running for prize worth $100,000.

Dubai launches Investors Club aimed at private financiers

Dubai Film Festival initiative is aimed at private financiers looking to invest in the film industry.

DIFF

Screen to launch Arab Stars of Tomorrow at DIFF

Screen is teaming with December’s Dubai International Film Festival to spotlight emerging talent from the region.

Six selected for Indian film-makers residency

The film-makers will each receive an expert mentor to help develop their feature projects.

Virtual Reality

Dubai fest to immerse audience in VR

Growth of virtual reality filmmaking to be discussed at DIFF.

FEATURES

White Sun

Dubai Q&A: Deepak Rauniyar on Nepalese drama 'White Sun'

Rauniyar tells Udita Jhunjhunwala about the renaissance in Nepali cinema following a period of civil war.

Egyptian Jeanne d Arc

Dubai Q&A: Iman Kamel talks 'Egyptian Jeanne d’Arc'

The Egyptian film-maker talks to Melanie Goodfellow about her creative documentary, which chronicles her country’s revolution and premier in DIFF’s Muhr Feature competition.

The Worthy

Dubai Q&A: Ali F Mostafa and Rami Yasin on dystopian thriller 'The Worthy'

Emirati film-maker Ali F Mostafa and producer Rami Yasin talk to Melanie Goodfellow about The Worthy, which played in DIFF’s Muhr Emirati competition

Only Men Go To The Grave

Dubai Q&A: Abdulla Al Kaabi talks debut 'Only Men Go To The Grave'

Abdulla Al Kaabi talks to William Mullally about his debut feature, which received its world premiere in the Muhr Emirati competition at this year’s DIFF.

Listen

Dubai Q&A: Philippe Aractingi, 'Listen'

Award-winning director Philippe Aractingi talks to William Mullally about sound and sensuality in his latest film, Listen, which premiered in DIFF’s Arabian Nights strand.

Dubai International Film Festival

Dubai: blending the old and new

The Lumiere brothers and virtual reality feature in this year’s Dubai International Film Festival programme.

DIFF REVIEWS

Only Men Go To The Grave

'Only Men Go To The Grave': Dubai Review

Dir. Abdulla Al Kaabi. Iran/UAE. 2016. 80mins

Still Burning

'Still Burning': Dubai Review

Dir/scr. Georges Hachem. Lebanon/UAE, 2016, 110 mins.

the Worthy

'The Worthy': Dubai Review

Dir: Ali F. Mostafa. UAE, 2016, 100 mins.

the Dark Wind (Reseba)

‘The Dark Wind (Reseba)’: Dubai Review

Dir. Hussein Hassan. Iraq/Germany/Qatar, 2016, 91 mins.

The Challenge

'The Challenge': Dubai Review

Dir. Yuri Ancarani. France/Italy 2016, 70 mins.

Zaineb Hates The Snow

'Zaineb Hates The Snow': Dubai Review

Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania. Tunisia/UAE/France/Qatar/Lebanon, 2016, 94 mins.