Here Is a List of Classical Movies That You Didn’t Know Were Novels

Here Is a List of Classical Movies That You Didn’t Know Were Novels

By: Abd El-Rahman Omar

Let us all agree that there is a genuine and natural difference between the literary text and the cinematic text. Indeed, the viewer who is searching for the complex details of the novel within the film, may or may not find them.     Given that the relationship between literature and cinema is eternal, it […]

How ‘Al Asleyeen’ Is Breaking Narrative Cinematic Conventions?

How ‘Al Asleyeen’ Is Breaking Narrative Cinematic Conventions?

The movie – Al Asleyeen – reflects a deviation from the general norm of mainstream Egyptian cinema, especially during Eid Season. I say this because this film is saturated with aspects of incredible depth and craftsmanship, on both a thematic and a technical level.   For starters this movie is a true visual experience. If […]

Cinema for Humanity: The First Edition of El Gouna Film Festival

Cinema for Humanity: The First Edition of El Gouna Film Festival

  El Gouna is set to host the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival under the slogan “Cinema for Humanity.” The festival will start on the 22nd of September and will run till till the 29th.   El Gouna Film Festival aims to celebrate and foster cross-cultural exchanges across Egypt, the Middle East, and the rest […]

The Nile Hilton Incident: The Egyptian Movie Everyone Is Talking About

The Nile Hilton Incident: The Egyptian Movie Everyone Is Talking About

  A cinephile like myself is always proud when an Egyptian movie makes waves internationally; and that is exactly what Egyptian director Tarik Saleh’s new movie is doing. The Nile Hilton Incident received very positive reviews from leading film magazines — such as Variety and Hollywood Reporter — for all the right reasons.     Earlier this year, the movie […]

You Can Now Relive Jack and Rose’s Journey on the Titanic in Abu Dhabi

You Can Now Relive Jack and Rose’s Journey on the Titanic in Abu Dhabi

Titanic is the second-highest grossing movie of all time; millions of people around the world are obsessed with the romance-disaster film. Most of those people would love to live inside the world of this movie, probably to relive the iconic love story between Jack and Rose. I, like most food junkies, would love to live […]

Film Review: ‘Bank El Hazz’ Sets the Bar High for Egyptian Comedies

Film Review: ‘Bank El Hazz’ Sets the Bar High for Egyptian Comedies

by Hader Hisham

  Comedy in Egypt has been literally the same for many years, to the point that we, the viewers, got bored and don’t really care about the movies anymore. It just always had the same formula; for instance, the same type of jokes that we all recognize, the same stereotyping and shaming, the dramatic endings […]

Legendary Egyptian Rock Band ‘Les Petits Chats’ Get Their Own Rockumentary

Legendary Egyptian Rock Band ‘Les Petits Chats’ Get Their Own Rockumentary

If you asked your parents about Les Petits Chats, they’ll keep talking nonstop about how much they used to groove at their concerts. Les Petits Chats were basically the Egyptian version of The Beatles — five cool guys who jam to rock and roll music and have successful dominated Egypt’s nightlife scene during the ’60s […]

Everything You Need to Know About Luxor African Film Festival’s 6th Edition

Everything You Need to Know About Luxor African Film Festival’s 6th Edition

by Salma Hossam

  Attention culture vultures of Egypt as the sixth edition of Luxor African Film Festival returns to, well, Luxor ton March 10th. The official ceremony where things are going to get down and crazy are going to be held on March 16th in the Habu Temple.     Luxor African Film Festival aims to shed some […]

Egypt’s Finest Voices Bring Us Oscar-Winning Soundtracks

Egypt’s Finest Voices Bring Us Oscar-Winning Soundtracks

For the last two nights we have been wonderfully serenaded by some of the finest voices in Egypt, and from the comfort of our own homes no less!   Hearkening back to the days when Nady ElCinema was the only way Egyptians could hear music from the west, Monday and Tuesday’s ‘Nady ElCinema’ program on Sahibet Al-Saada, […]

Photography Collection Spanning 48 Years Shows Lost Side of Middle East

Photography Collection Spanning 48 Years Shows Lost Side of Middle East

  For nearly half a century, Colbert Held took photos of the geography around him. A former United States Foreign Service officer, Held’s collection spans 48 years and 17 countries.   “I had decided that the entire time I was in the Middle East I was going to keep a detailed photographic record of all […]

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