Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Italy hails best Cannes turnout in two decades <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Italy is hailing its best turnout of homegrown cinema at Cannes in 20 years as a sign of new life in an industry that had lost luster since the days when Rome was dubbed &quot;Hollywood on the Tiber&quot;.</p><p>Four Italian films are in competition at the world&#39;s most prestigious film festival, which closes on Sunday. The culture ministry says this is Italy&#39;s strongest showing since 1994.</p><p>Culture minister Dario Franceschini said the selection showed Italian cinema was regaining the power it had during the country&#39;s economic boom after World War Two, when a generation of directors including Federico Fellini won worldwide acclaim and Cinecitta&#39; studios brought stars to Rome.&nbsp;</p><p>Matteo Garrone&#39;s action fantasy &quot;Tale of Tales&quot;, Paolo Sorrentino&#39;s sonorous old-age flick &quot;Youth&quot; and Nanni Moretti&#39;s semi-autobiographical &quot;My Mother&quot; are in the main competition, while Roberto Minervini&#39;s &quot;The Other Side&quot; shows in the Un Certain Regard section.</p><p>The country is now well-supplied with talented filmmakers and the challenge is to export their work effectively, said Andrea Leone, who runs the film company founded by his father, Spaghetti Western pioneer Sergio Leone.</p><p>&quot;During the past couple of years, we have had a rebirth,&quot; said Leone, citing Sorrentino&#39;s Academy Award for 2013&#39;s &quot;The Great Beauty&quot; as a moment of international recognition.</p><p>Garrone and Sorrentino were right to shoot their Cannes candidate films in English and cast international stars like Salma Hayek and Michael Caine, Leone said.</p><p>&quot;We need to make international films like Garrone&#39;s and Sorrentino&#39;s. They have all the trappings of international cinema,&quot; Leone said. &quot;We need to start to export our films, just like they did in the golden years of our cinema.&quot;</p><p>Leone said people will go to see good films in any language, but filming in English made it easier to appeal to a bigger audience because dubbing films is uncommon in large English-speaking cinema markets like the United States and Britain.</p><p>But amid the celebration, Moretti was quoted saying the turnout at Cannes was thanks to individual directors and producers, and Italy&#39;s cinema industry was &quot;distracted&quot;.</p><p>Culture minister Franceschini said the director was right that &quot;in Italy there have been years and years of negligence and scant interest in Italian cinema&quot; but tax incentives and state funding for the arts promoted by his government have turned the tide.</p><p>The new incentives raised the overall tax credit for the cinema and audiovisual industry by 5 million euros ($5.58 million) and the tax credit ceiling for international productions filmed in Italy from 5 million to 10 million euros.</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 Reuters 2450591 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/16/43/cannes_poster_2015-620x400.jpg Aishwarya Rai: An interview with the Queen of Bollywood <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.4em; font-weight: 700; line-height: normal;">She was thrust into the international arena when she won the Miss World pageant 20 years ago. Aishwarya Rai soon became a superstar of Indian cinema and has now been coming to the Cannes Film Festival for more than a decade. She speaks to Eve Jackson about returning to the silver screen after five years, life after motherhood and those red carpet dresses.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.4em; font-weight: 700; line-height: normal;">Watch the interview on <a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff;"><u>France24 website</u></span></a>.</span></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:51:00 +0000 AFP 2450588 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/30/43/aishwarya_2.jpg The 2B Continued program supports promising directors, choreographers <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Back with its 6th edition, the 2B Continued Lab and Festival aims to add to the performing arts scene in Cairo through fostering promising directors and choreographers in turning their vision to real, intriguing work.</span></p><p>Since 2008, Studio Emaddedin and Orient Productions has been joining forces to bring a comprehensive, mentoring program as well as a cultural festival with unique perspective to Cairo. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The 2B Continued Lab and Festival gives up to two aspiring applicants from each category a hands-on experience and financial support to help them bring their pieces to life.&nbsp;</p><p>The program also puts selected applicants directly in contact with experienced mentors, set designers, light designers, stage managers, and adroit technical staff from Studio Emaddedin&#39;s workshops.</p><p>The works of the winners will be performed at Falaki theatre as part of the festival showcase in January 2016.</p><p>The deadline of participation is June 1st for theatre and June 7th for dance.&nbsp;</p><p>As in the previous edition, the mentor for the directors&#39; program will be Studio Emad Eddin&#39;s founder Ahmed El Attar, an independent theatre director and playwright, whose work has been performed in Europe, the UK, and the UAE.</p><p>As for the dance program, renowned choreographer Laurence Rondoni, director of the Descent-danse company for contemporary dance will be in charge. Through her company, Rondoni has been teaming up with Egyptian artists for over a decade in an effort to enhance the devolvement of the contemporary dance scene in Egypt. &nbsp;</p><p>Participants in previous editions of the festival have been put on the right track of success: Yasmeen Emam, whose mono-drama Mirror was voted best performance by audience members in the 2B Continued&#39;s 2014 edition, has been awarded with a grant which will enable her to take her show to the US in 2015, where an English translation of her piece will be performed in Boston. Yasmeen has also recently published her first long play, One Shoe for All.</p><p>For more information on Studio Emad Eddin and the program, visit its <a href=""><u>Facebook page.</u></a></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:59:00 +0000 Heba Helmy 2450562 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/21/43/11174736_425886964258857_2536082742798626365_o.jpg Sisi approves UAE grant to reconstruct Islamic Art Museum <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><div><p>Egypt&#39;s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued on Thursday a decision approving a 50 million Egyptian pound grant from the United Arab Emirates to reconstruct the Museum of Islamic Art.</p><p>The museum was badly damaged by an explosion which rocked the capital in January 2014, killing four people and destroying several artifacts.</p><p>The UAE announced in September 2014 its plans to fund the museum&#39;s reconstruction. The plans were finalised with the signing of a deal in Cairo last March.</p><p>The presidential decree comes to strengthen ties between both states, reported the state news agency MENA. It also comes as a form of cooperation to preserve Islamic heritage.</p><p>The museum is house to hundreds of rare manuscripts and over a 100 thousand artifacts reflecting Islamic art throughout the ages.</p><p>Egypt is invested in preserving cultural heritage in light of a looting campaign the country has faced since a popular uprising in 2011 prompted political turmoil.</p><p>Cairo hosted a two-day&nbsp;<a href="">conference</a>&nbsp;on preserving cultural heritage last week, amid the participation of the&nbsp;United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization&nbsp;(UNESCO) and representatives from nine other Arab countries.&nbsp;</p><p>The conference coincided with the launch of a UNESCO campaign titled &quot;#Unite4Heritage&quot; from the Museum of Islamic Art.&nbsp;</p><p>The campaign, which was launched with a primary focus on Arab countries, aims to encourage young people to take action for the protection of threatened heritage, amid the threat posed by militant groups in the region.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div><div>This content is from :<a href="" target="_blank">Aswat Masriya</a><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:48:00 +0000 Aswat Masriya 2450560 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/01/02/9948/template_copy.jpg