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Yiorgos Bakalis: Hungry Men

Yiorgos Bakalis: Hungry Men

By Yiorgos Bakalis: Capitalism has collapsed, and fat people have been driven out of society… a few of them,all living in the same house, form a revolutionary group without meaning. An anonymous, fat man lives above them. Their rent is collected by Nancy, a beautiful state official who has a double role. Everything changes when the leader of the group decides to eat the state officer for the cause of the revolution. Only one person in the … Read entire article »

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Said Khatibi: Algerian Filmmaker Merzak Allouache Struggles with Censorship After Long Career

Said Khatibi: Algerian Filmmaker Merzak Allouache Struggles with Censorship After Long Career

By Said Khatibi Critically acclaimed Algerian director Merzak Allouache tasted success early in his career, but when he tried confronting controversial subjects in his country he was censored. Merzak Allouache’s movies are groundbreaking inside and outside of Algeria. He has become known as the voice of the people and a politically engaging film director. He knows how to ride the waves of criticism and win the affection of his audience. Allouache’s life has been rich with success … Read entire article »

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Ken Loach: “The Ruling Class Are Cracking The Whip”

Ken Loach: “The Ruling Class Are Cracking The Whip”

By Kira Cochrane The leftwing film director talks about the riots, his early work on television and the documentary he made for Save the Children 40 years ago that is about to be screened for the first time.   About halfway through our interview, I call Ken Loach a sadist. The mild-mannered, faintly mole-like film director blinks hard, chuckles, and carries on. We are discussing a key aspect of his film-making: the element of surprise. Loach has spent his career depicting … Read entire article »

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Fiachra Gibbons: Jean-Luc Godard – “Film is over. What to do?” Plus His 10 Best!

Fiachra Gibbons: Jean-Luc Godard – “Film is over. What to do?” Plus His 10 Best!

By Fiachra Gibbons Source: The Guardian [Top 10 Godard below...] The auteur is dead, says Jean-Luc Godard. The future is cut-and-paste movie mashups. Fiachra Gibbons meets the great contrarian – and leaves carrying his latest script.   Jean-Luc Godard has a solution to Europe’s financial crisis. It’s as simple and ingenious as one would expect from the man who, with all the young guns of the Nouvelle Vague, freed cinema from its studio straitjacket in the 1960s. “The Greeks gave us logic. We … Read entire article »

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Waleed Marzouk: Love, Anger And Song – Remembering Youssef Chahine, Egypt’s Most Eminent Filmmaker

Waleed Marzouk: Love, Anger And Song – Remembering Youssef Chahine, Egypt’s Most Eminent Filmmaker

By Waleed Marzouk: On 27 July 2008, Egypt and the Arab world lost its most accomplished, and many would argue simply its best, filmmaker. With over 40 feature films and documentaries in five decades to his credit, spanning a myriad of genres, Youssef Chahine left behind a body of work that easily rivals any of the oft-cited auteur legends of film history. Born in 1927 in Alexandria to Lebanese Catholic parents, Youssef Chahine began his career directing … Read entire article »

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Essential Viewing: Five Tunisian Films from a Postrevolutionary Perspective

Essential Viewing: Five Tunisian Films from a Postrevolutionary Perspective

By Nouri Gana: It is impossible to watch Tunisian film today from an exclusively prerevolutionary perspective. The present historical juncture will stealthily thrust itself to center stage. Besides, the value of film does not reside solely in its appropriateness to its own historical moment of production, but equally in its relevance to other, yet to come, historical moments. It becomes highly productive, not to say inevitable, that we rethink postcolonial Tunisian film through the lenses of … Read entire article »

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