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Film Review: ‘ A Decent Man’

Film Review: ‘ A Decent Man’
Bad timing may harm Emmanuel Finkiel’s potent “A Decent Man,” a hard-hitting drama about a working-class French ne’er-do-well who fingers an innocent Arab guy after being stabbed. Finkiel incisively builds his lead characters, subtly developing relationships along with alienation, resentment and racism to paint a picture of an average Joe whose weaknesses are distressingly commonplace. An act of violence at the pic’s end suddenly adds a major extratextual blow likely to leave many viewers (especially French viewers) reeling. Finkiel’s project has been gestating for more than a decade and thus has no actual connection with November’s tragic Paris events, yet the mind makes inevitable parallels, and predicting how “A Decent Man” will play at home would require an impossible act of clairvoyance.

To say that the film climaxes with targeted bloodshed isn’t much of a spoiler, though reviewers and commentators will be hard pressed
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Cairo Film Connection Reveals Details on the Awards for 2015

Cairo Film Connection (Cfc) has revealed the list of prizes for its new edition within 37th Cairo International Film Festival (Ciff) (November 11 - 20). The program also unveiled the film projects and names of cinema industry figures who will attend the Cfc course for 3 days during the Ciff.

Cfc jury includes Paul Baboudjian, director of Screen Institute Beirut, Catherine Buresi who has been working in the media and film industry for almost 20 years in addition to Intishal Al Timimi, Director of the Arab Programming at Sanad Film Fund.

Cfc offers $ 10.000 monetary prize in the name of the Sanad Abu Dhabi Film Fund, in addition to another prize from Aroma for a color grading package for one film project only. Mohamed Hefzy's production company, Film Clinic, along with The Producers of Hany Osama are offering a joint co-production prize.

Cfc is hosting representatives of 12 projects in development and production phases to be part of the three-day course in Cairo to communicate with cinema industry delegates, local and international producers and distributors including:

- Roman Paul from the German Razor Films, producer of the Saudi film "Wadjda" and the Palestinian film "Paradise Now," the film which was nominated for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film.

- Laetitia Gonzalez from Films Du Poisson, producer of the award-winning film (12 awards) "Depuis Qu'Otar Est Parti" (Since Otar Left) and "The Tree," "Voyages" and "Tournee" the two times Cannes Film Festival awards winner.

On a later date, Cfc will announce the full list of delegates participating in the connection's new edition. On the last day of Cfc, there will be a special opportunity for project representatives to meet with English producer Paul Webster Head of Ciff Jury and the producer of "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," "Atonement" and "Anna Karenina."

Cfc is hosting filmmakers from all over the world, who have a project with an Arab connection (director, producer, co-producer, main talent, location, subject matter, etc.) Producers and directors are encouraged to apply with feature-length projects either at the development or post-production phase. Feature-length creative documentaries are also encouraged to apply.

The goal of the co-production platform is to act as a channel opening opportunities for talented filmmakers to meet and network with other entities that may be potential project partners. In addition, several cash prizes will be offered to help the projects throughout their development and completion.

Cfc was held for the first time in 2010 during the 34th Cairo International Film Festival and proved its importance as a worthwhile experience to the participants. In 2012, Cfc held its second edition hosting a higher number of successful meetings between filmmakers and industry delegates. Many of the filmmakers who were invited to attend the two previous editions of Cfc completed their films, all notable works which achieved various successes in festivals all over the world. Cfc will continue as a platform that empowers Arab filmmakers to take their projects to the widest audiences possible.
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Venice Film Festival: Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass’ And New Works From Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov Expected At 72nd Edition

Venice Film Festival: Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass’ And New Works From Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov Expected At 72nd Edition
Rome – With less than ten days to go before the Venice Film festival reveals its lineup, several high-profile U.S. studio/specialty titles appear to be secured, including Scott Cooper-directed Johnny Depp gangster drama “Black Mass,” from Warner Bros., and Luca Guadagnino’s Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton-starrer “A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight is releasing stateside.

Also likely to be Lido-bound are Charlie Kaufman’s stop motion animation “Anomalisa” and new works from international heavyweight auteurs Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, and Marco Bellocchio, as well as younger directors like Argentinian Pablo Trapero’s hot crimer “The Clan,” which Fox will release in Latin America.

Word on what pics will surface at Venice is more muted than usual this year, with artistic director Alberto Barbera believed to be making down to the wire decisions and several potential contenders, including Sean Penn-directed Liberia-set romance “The Last Face,” thought instead not to be ready.
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DVD Review: Voyages

DVD Review: Voyages
Voyages

The first thing that strikes you about Voyages is its subtle nuances. It is about the scars of extreme violence, but nowhere in the film you witness that violence. Therein lies the power of this Emmanuel Finkiel-directed French feature. That Finkiel once assisted two greats, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Jean luc Godard, comes through in this film, through its powerful imagery. But at the same time, Finkiel has also been able to develop his own language of cinema, so beautifully illustrated particularly in the third of this three-segment film, in which Esther Gorintin gives an extremely powerful performance as Vera, the 85-year-old who comes from Russia to an Israel - which does not seem like the Promised Land of her dreams – in search of a cousin and more.

Indeed, Voyages about journeys that are more of the mind than of the body, though all the segments show the dramatis
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