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Merzak Allouache: Variety’s Middle East Filmmaker of the Year

Merzak Allouache: Variety’s Middle East Filmmaker of the Year
In many ways, Merzak Allouache, Variety’s Middle East Filmmaker of the Year, is the cinematic face of Algeria, the most recognizable son of that nation’s film industry and an establishment gadfly ever since his feature debut in 1976 with the justly acclaimed “Omar Gatlato.” So it’s fitting that he’s being honored in Abu Dhabi just one year after celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, even though, or especially because, the helmer has always cast a critical light on his country’s institutions while revealing the humanity of its people.

It also helps that he’s had an exceptional run these past two years, with “The Repentant” preeming in Cannes in 2012 and “The Rooftops” in competition at Venice just a couple months ago. Throughout his career, whether making social dramas or comedies, Allouache has looked presciently at the problems facing a young nation defined, at least in the 20th century,
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Elmaleh set for '05 Cesar hosting role

Elmaleh set for '05 Cesar hosting role
PARIS -- French actor and comic Gad Elmaleh will present France's top film honors, the Cesar Awards, at next year's ceremony, the Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema said Wednesday. Elmaleh was master of ceremonies for the Cesars this year and also was nominated for best actor for his role in Chouchou. The 30th Cesar Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 26 and will be broadcast live and free-to-air on channel Canal Plus from the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. It will be presided over by Cesar Academie president Alain Terzian and Canal Plus group joint managing director Michel Denisot.

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