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Dubai International Film Festival empowers female directors in the Middle East

Dubai International Film Festival empowers female directors in the Middle East

While the region around it has descended in political chaos and religious strife, Dubai continues to flourish and prosper, becoming an oasis of harmony and progress, where the natives constitute less than 12% of its multinational inhabitants. Its international film festival (DIFF), which was launche...

Sundance movies explore the terrifying impact of authority on human behaviour

Sundance movies explore the terrifying impact of authority on human behaviour

Participating movies in the Sundance film festival are usually made on shoestring budgets and often by first-time directors, but they are rich in their substance, bold in their themes and unique in their subjects. This year, movies have touched on controversial issues such as nature vs nurture (Stoc...

Great performances but no clear winner at Toronto International Film Festival

Great performances but no clear winner at Toronto International Film Festival

In the last 10 days, hundreds of thousands of film fans and experts descended on Toronto charged with great expectations and hopes to discover next year’s potential Best Picture Oscar winner. Armed with their precious tickets, they stood patiently for hours in long lines in the sweltering heat, lo...

Why does Toronto International Film Festival matter?

Why does Toronto International Film Festival matter?

Last week, Venice Film Festival rocked the film industry with the opening of Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu’s “Birdman,” which has become an instant favourite to dominate next year’s Oscars. Other movies such as Reese Witherspoon’s starrer “Wild” and Alan Turin’s biopi...

A Film Festival in a Day, at Edinburgh 2014

A Film Festival in a Day, at Edinburgh 2014

Every film festival has its own identity and they’re all about so much more than just watching films. From industry seminars to networking events and awards ceremonies, festivals across the world provide days of activities for everyone from film-makers and journalists to, in most cases, member...

Cannes you get the message from film?

Cannes you get the message from film?

Some people call it the film industry, others refer to it as the entertainment business but these terms could be said better to describe the film market at Cannes, than the festival. The likes of Sex Tape, The Expendables 3, and the latest Hunger Games and Transformers films are certain to do a lot ...

Brit Timothy Spall among Cannes winners

Brit Timothy Spall among Cannes winners

With two British films among the eighteen in the official competition in Cannes, the chances of an award were high and Timothy Spall was named the best actor of the festival, as he grunted his way through Mike Leigh’s sumptuous biopic of the nineteenth century painter JMW Turner. He’d be...

Overlapping Dark Themes at the Cannes Film Festival

Overlapping Dark Themes at the Cannes Film Festival

Following a limping opening with the controversial biopic “Grace of Monaco,” that was panned by the critics, condemned by the royal family of Monaco, and avoided by its American distributor Harvey Weinstein who was glaringly absent from the red carpet, the 67th Cannes Film Festival picked up ste...

There’s more to Cannes than glitz

There’s more to Cannes than glitz

With many of the biggest names in the world of film descending on Cannes to be photographed on the red carpet at the festival screenings and to press the flesh at the subsequent parties, you could be excused for thinking the annual gathering every May is more about style than substance. But with onl...

Carell wrestles with drama in Cannes contender Foxcatcher

Carell wrestles with drama in Cannes contender Foxcatcher

In Knocked Up, Kathryn Heigl’s character is commended for the rare achievement of managing to make Steve Carell look like an ass-hole. Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller manages to make him look a whole lot worse than an ass-hole, in Foxcatcher, his Palme d’Or-nominated third...

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