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Melbourne wins best picture in Cairo

Melbourne wins best picture in Cairo
The Cairo International Film Festival ended its 36th year with a glitzy ceremony [pictured] below the ancient pyramids on Tuesday.

In an attempt to move forward from previous years when films were overshadowed by protests, or when the festival was altogether cancelled in both 2011 and 2013 due to political upheaval, the Minister of Culture, Gaber Asfour announced “this festival is a fresh new start.”

From actresses Basma Hassan, Lyla Elwi and Ghada Abdel Razek, actors Mahmoud Hemida, Asser Yasin and Tamer Habib to filmmakers Mossad Fouda and Khaled Youssef, a bevy of Egypt’s notable talent were present to help celebrate the conclusion of the ten day event that opened on Nov 9 at the historic Citadel.

From the main sections Film on Films, Festival of Festivals, Special Presentations, International Competition - 45 films screened as Arab and African Premieres, 5 as World Premieres and 4 as International Premieres. Yousra headed the international competition jury, marking the first time the festival had both
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Bushra, Badreya headline trafficking drama

Bushra, Badreya headline trafficking drama
Exclusive: Egyptian star Bushra has signed up to play opposite compatriot actor Sayed Badreya in English-language thriller Bride Of The Nile, about the trafficking of young girls in the region, which Badreya will also direct.

Bushra, who won best actress at Diff in 2010 for her performance in sexual harassment drama 678, will play a Us journalist investigating human trafficking who swaps places with a teenage victim destined for Saudi Arabia.

Badreya, who is attending Dubai Film Market with his Santa Monica-based company Zoom in Focus, plays a notorious smuggler who discovers the journalist’s ruse. The Egyptian-born, Us-based actor is best known for his baddie roles in over 30 Hollywood pictures including The Insider, Iron Man and The Dictator.

Executive produced by Belgium-based Sameh Sobhy, Bride Of The Nile will shoot in Chicago, Egypt and either Morocco or Nevada for the desert scenes. Badreya plans to shoot the $2m production in spring 2014.

He is also working on documentary The End
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Bushra, Badreya to co-star in trafficking drama

Bushra, Badreya to co-star in trafficking drama
Exclusive: Egyptian star Bushra has signed up to play opposite compatriot actor Sayed Badreya in English-language thriller Bride Of The Nile, about the trafficking of young girls in the region, which Badreya will also direct.

Bushra, who won best actress at Diff in 2010 for her performance in sexual harassment drama 678, will play a Us journalist investigating human trafficking who swaps places with a teenage victim destined for Saudi Arabia.

Badreya, who is attending Dubai Film Market with his Santa Monica-based company Zoom in Focus, plays a notorious smuggler who discovers the journalist’s ruse. The Egyptian-born, Us-based actor is best known for his baddie roles in over 30 Hollywood pictures including The Insider, Iron Man and The Dictator.

Executive produced by Belgium-based Sameh Sobhy, Bride Of The Nile will shoot in Chicago, Egypt and either Morocco or Nevada for the desert scenes. Badreya plans to shoot the $2m production in spring 2014.

He is also working on documentary The End
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Kasaravalli Retrospective at Bengaluru International Film Festival 2012

The fifth edition of the Bengaluru International Film Festival will hold retrospectives of Girish Kasaravalli and Jahnu Barua among others. Five of Kasaravalli’s films: Tabarana Kathe (1986), Kraurya (1996), Thaayi Saheba (1997), Dweepa (2003) and Hasina (2004)will be screened. While Barua’s Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (1987), Banani (1990), Firingoti (1992) and Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door(1995) will be screened.

Besides, three other sections are dedicated to Indian cinema. Chitrabharathi – Indian Cinema Competition, Kannada Cinema (competition and screening of films in other dialects in Karnataka) and 100 years of Indian Cinema (screening of 14 films).

Complete line up:

Retrospective

Chan-Wook Park (South Korea)

1. J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (Chan-Wook Park/110/2000/South Korea)

2. Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (Chan-Wook Park/129/2002/South Korea)

3. Old boy (Chan-Wook Park/120/2003/South Korea)

4. Lady Vengeance (Chan-Wook Park/112/2005/South Korea)

5. Thirst (Chan-Wook Park/133/2009/South Korea)

Fatih Akin (Germany)

1. Short Sharp Shock (Fatih Akin/100/1998/Germany)

2. In July (Fatih Akin/99/2000/Germany)

3. Solino (Fatih Akin/124/2002/Germany)

4. Head On (Fatih Akin/121/2004/Germany/Turkey
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Chaos (Heya fawda)

Chaos (Heya fawda)
Venice International Film Festival

Misr International Films

VENICE, Italy -- The French and Egyptian co-production Chaos aspires to relate the difficulties of socially deprived citizens in an old cosmopolitan section of Cairo but it is so broadly drawn that it's hard to tell if it's meant to be serious or a lampoon.

Directed colorfully by Youssef Chahine and Khaled Youssef, the film, screened in competition at the Venice International Film Festival, tells of a brutally corrupt police officer named Hatem (Khaled Saleh) who lusts after pretty young teacher Nour (Mena Shalaby) and goes to all extremes to win her over.

Nour, however, is in love with handsome district attorney Sherif Youssef El Sherif) and wants nothing to do with the vile and overbearing cop. Scene after scene demonstrates the scale of Hatem's corruption, the torture he suffers from his unrequited love and the terror he metes out in frustration.

But sequences that seem as if they should be taken seriously, including brutality and torture, lead to romantically slight episodes that could come from an over-the-top soap opera. The young players are awkwardly starry eyed while Saleh plays the buffoon villain like a cartoon character.

Like many places, Egypt suffers from social upheaval and there is no doubt that it deserves filmmakers to bring its troubles to the world's attention. But it's doubtful that this picture will get the job done and boxoffice potential appears slim.

CHAOS

Misr International Films

Credits:

Directors: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef

Writer: Nasser Abdel Rahman

Producers: Gabriel Khoury, Rachid Bouchareb

Director of photography: Ramsis Marzouk

Production designer: Hamed Hemdan

Music: Yasser Abdel Rahman

Costume designer: Monia Fath El Bab

Editor: Ghada Ezzedine

Cast:

Hatem: Khaled Saleh

Nour: Mena Shalaby

Sherif: Youssef El Sherif

Wedad: Hala Sedky

Bahia: Hala Fakher

Running time -- 124 minutes

No MPAA rating

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