2 items from 2009
Rigorberto Perezcano’s Northless was the top winner at the ninth edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival held earlier this month. Set in a small Mexican town, the film tells the story of a young man (Harold Torres) waiting for the right time to cross the barbed-wire-strewn border into the United States. The Jury Prize went to two films: Nabil Ben Yadir’s Belgian "coming-of-age" drama Les barons and Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen’s Malaysian family drama My daughter. In the former, three Belgian denizens of Arab background must make tough decisions about their lives and future; in the latter, a teenager has a love-hate relationship with her love-starved mother, who is always going from one romantic liaison to another. Also, Lotte Verbeek was the [...] »
- Anna Robinson
With the programmers of the Middle Eastern Film Festival tasked with bringing cinema to Abu Dhabi—which has no alternative theaters beyond multiplexes—the lineup has taken several ways to introduce and encourage a cinema culture.
Masters are an obvious route; new films by Claire Denis, Alain Resnais, Steven Soderbergh, Tian Zhuangzhaung, and an omnibus of Romanian shorts as representative A-list world cinema is, I’m sure, welcome in the area, at least in theory.
Far more adventurous is Meiff’s attempt to bring silent cinema to the Arabian Peninsula. Backed by the bold statement that silent films with live musical accompaniment have never played there, Meiff has generously brought in renowned silent film pianist Neil Brand to give a master class on his background in accompanying silent film and brief but delightful examples of the pleasures and challenges of the work. »
2 items from 2009
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