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Nadav Lapid Set to Direct Paris-Based Tale ‘Micro Robert’ (Exclusive)

11 August 2015 3:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nadav Lapid, the Tel-Aviv born writer-director of “Policeman” and “The Kindergarten Teacher,” is to make his third feature, “Micro Robert,” in Paris. Lapid is teaming with well-respected French producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint, whose outfit Les Films des Tournelles is behind Louis Garrel’s directorial debut “Two Friends,” which premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week.

Israel’s Pie Films will be co-producing. A long-gestated project, “Micro Robert” is inspired by Lapid’s own experience in the French capital over a decade ago. Pic will follow the journey of an Israel man who moves to Paris. A philosophical exploration of self-identity, the movie will ponder on what remains of our core identity and world views when we become expats and switch languages.

Lapid, who sits on Locarno’s international jury, told Variety that “Micro Robert” will ask “whether we can become a new person, transform ourselves by swapping linguistic identities. Can we become French just by living in France? »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Film Review: ‘Degrade’

29 June 2015 11:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Put 13 female stereotypes into a beauty parlor in Gaza and what do you get? The jumble that is “Degrade” (with accents on both “E’s”), a cliche-ridden debut from twin brothers Tarzan and Arab Nasser that wastes a talented cast on a film of considerably less depth than Nadine Labaki’s salon-set “Caramel” (and that wasn’t the most profound pic, either). Neither a glimpse of real lives in Gaza nor a cri de coeur against the Occupation, this exaggerated drama, shot in Jordan, will profit from a few fests eager to declare their pro-Palestinian sympathies, but otherwise “Degrade” will quietly fade away.

Auds might think otherwise if they read the description before watching the movie. After all, the notion of an enclosed, all-female space acting as a metaphor for Gaza’s untenable isolation sounds promising. And while the idea of women from various walks of life gradually opening up »

- Jay Weissberg

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Saudi Entrepreneur Hani Farsi Opens Door for Arab Women Filmmakers

29 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While studies show that prospects for women directors are stunted in Hollywood, a program backed by a Saudi entrepreneur will create opportunities in the U.S. for Arab female filmmakers. In fact, according to the news from Cannes last week, Arab women are increasingly stepping out on the global stage in the business of moviemaking.

On May 19, Saudi philanthropist and film producer Hani Farsi announced a partnership with UCLA to fund a program that will offer three full four-year scholarships to Arab women, through the school of Theater, Film and Television, to earn graduate degrees in directing.

“I think we can bring about social change through this,” Farsi said at Cannes where, as co-owner of French distribution and sales company Le Pacte, he had eight films for sale this year, including Nanni Moretti’s “My Mother.”

Since 2007, Farsi also has been producing and distributing movies with Arab and Muslim themes via his Corniche Pictures. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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