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An Endless Cycle: Basma Alsharif Discusses "Ouroboros"

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Basma Alsharif has garnered attention worldwide for her installations and shorts over the last few years. Her work invites the viewer to re-think the depiction of language, time and space, and to re-experience the understanding of creating images and telling stories.I interviewed the filmmaker about her feature debut Ouroboros, which will have its world premiere as part of the Signs of Life competition at the 70th Locarno Film Festival.Notebook: Could you comment on the process of creating this film as a mirror to your own experience and also as a bridge to your filmmaking ideas? Basma Alsharif: As a Palestinian in the Diaspora, I have watched and experienced the perpetual destruction of the Gaza Strip throughout the course of my life—as it has throughout my parents' lives and my grandparents' lives. With the privilege of distance coupled with the privilege of having access to visiting throughout my childhood into adulthood,
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Berlin Film Festival to Screen Francesco Rosi’s ‘Uomini Contro’

Berlin Film Festival to Screen Francesco Rosi’s ‘Uomini Contro’
London — The Berlin Film Festival is to pay tribute to the achievements of Italian director and screenwriter Francesco Rosi, who died Saturday at the age of 92.

In his memory, the festival will screen “Uomini Contro” (Many Wars Ago, 1970). Rosi’s anti-war drama takes place on the mountainous Austrian-Italian front during World War I.

“The loss of Francesco Rosi is the loss of an outstanding filmmaker. With their explosive power, Rosi’s films are still persuasive today. His works are classics of politically engaged cinema,” commented Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.

The Berlinale dedicated its 2008 Homage to Rosi, showing 13 of his films and honoring him with the Honorary Golden Bear for his life achievements.

In his works, Rosi reflected critically on political, economic and intellectual developments in Italy, often triggering intense public reactions, the festival said in a statement.

Rosi first found his own personal style and established himself internationally with “Salvatore Giuliano
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Rosi to receive Berlinale's lifetime award

COLOGNE, Germany -- Francesco Rosi, one of the giants of Italian cinema, will be honored with a lifetime achievement Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival.

The upcoming Berlinale also will feature an homage of 13 Rosi films, including Salvatore Giuliano, the film that won the best director Silver Bear in Berlin in 1962 and marked Rosi's international breakthrough.

In his long career, the 85-year-old Rosi has returned repeatedly to Italian economic and political history. Whether it is the history of the Mafia in films such as the Palme d'Or-winning The Mattei Affair (1972) and Lucky Luciano (1973); the tension between Italy's rich industrial north and its poor agricultural south in Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979); or the fate of Italian post-World War II immigrants to West Germany in The Magliari (1959).

In addition to the Palme d'Or and the Silver Bear, Rosi won Venice's Golden Lion in 1963 for Hands Over the City, an expose of building scandals in his hometown of Naples.

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