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Film review: Good music
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Film review: Good music

“The Chord” (Al Wattar), a new thriller from Egyptian Magdy al-Hawari, deserves to be called a cinematic symphony. The cast…
Festival Films, critic’s pick: Slovenia’s ‘Piran Pirano’
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Festival Films, critic’s pick: Slovenia’s ‘Piran Pirano’

Piran Pirano, directed by Goran Vojovic, is the Slovenian feature film entered into the International Competition at the Cairo International…
Festival Films, critic’s pick: Syria’s ‘Once Again’
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Festival Films, critic’s pick: Syria’s ‘Once Again’

Winner of many awards including Best Arab Film at 2009’s Damascus Film Festival, the Syrian film “Once Again” is the…
Festival Films: Greece’s ‘Gold Dust’
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Festival Films: Greece’s ‘Gold Dust’

First-time Greek director Margarita Manda describes her movie “Gold Dust” as one born out of a need to talk about…
Festival Films: Tunisia’s ‘Late December’
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Festival Films: Tunisia’s ‘Late December’

Screened in the Arab Competition of the 34th edition of Cairo Festival, “Late December” is one of only a few…
Film review: Half human
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Film review: Half human

While the premise behind sci-fi horror-drama "Splice" may sound like the setup to a playground joke—what do you get when…
Spring 89: Living the fantasy
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Spring 89: Living the fantasy

Screened on Tuesday 27 April, part of Egypt's 16th National Film Festival in Cairo, "Rabei' 89" (Spring 89, 2009), the…
Clash of the Titans: An obsession with 3D
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Clash of the Titans: An obsession with 3D

The only depth to Clash of the Titans is its third dimension, and the only similarity between this new version and…
Nile Birds
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Nile Birds

Based on the poetic Egyptian novel Asafeer el-Neel (Birds of the Nile, Al Adab 1999) by Ibrahim Aslan, Magdy Ahmed…
Messages from the Sea: A spellbinding success
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Messages from the Sea: A spellbinding success

Acclaimed filmmaker Dawoud Abdel Sayed returns after an eight-year absence with "Rasa'il el-Bahr" (Messages from the Sea), the story of…
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