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The Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Dtff), the annual cultural celebration of Doha Film Institute (Dfi), has announced the juries to select the winners of the Arab Film Competition, the only competition at any regional film festival dedicated wholly to honouring Arab cinema talent. The members of the four juries, drawn from across the world, include internationally acclaimed film professionals, authors and cultural thought leaders. They will evaluate the Arab Film Competition's three segments - Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary and Short Film - as well as the 'Made in Qatar' segment of the festival, devoted to films made by Qatar-based talent. The awards have total prize money of over Us$440,000. The Feature Narrative jury will be headed by renowned Tunisian actress Hend Sabry (The Yacoubian Building, Whatever Lola Wants and Asmaa). The other jury members are: Indian director Ashutoush Gowariker (Lagaan, Jodhaa Akbar); Dr. Emad Amralla Sultan, Deputy General Manager of »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Part one of an updated two volume series titled Cinemas of the Other, A Personal Journey with Film-makers from Iran and Turkey explores what it is like to produce movies in two countries where government censorship is driven by politics and religious beliefs. To give readers a firsthand account, author Gönül Dönmez-Colin has included interview transcripts with ten Iranian and eight Turkish directors; what is unique about the collection is that she has made a concerted effort to include the much smaller community of female moviemakers as part of the conversation.
The Intellect Books publication opens with an introduction which explains the social, political, and religious attitudes of both Iran and Turkey so to put their national cinemas in the proper context. Iran is presented in the first section and Turkey in the second. Each filmmaker profile begins with a historical retrospective, followed by a series of Q&A interviews, »
Whose Film Is It Anyway? Contemporary Japanese Auteurs, On tour
The Japanese movie scene moves faster than we can keep up with over here, so consider this a catch-up on names you might want to remember. Best known might be Yôji "Twilight Samurai" Yamada, whose family drama About Her Brother has been compared to Mike Leigh and Ozu, and Masayuki "Shall We Dance?" Suo, whose I Just Didn't Do It tackles a subway groping incident. As for the younger talents, Kenji Uchida weaves a Pulp Fictionesque web in A Stranger Of Mine; Miwa Nishikawa has scooped awards with her Dear Doctor, about a rural impostor, while Takatsugu Naitô's The Dark Harbour has been described as "a Wes Anderson social comedy set in a small Japanese fishing village." The programme tours seven cities, finishing in Nottingham on 28 Mar.
Ica, SW1, Fri to 16 Feb
Glasgow Film Festival
Think of it more as a season of festivals, »
- Steve Rose
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