During the course of this year’s cinematic era, we’ve been able to witness the rise of several Arab movies that will grace our screens throughout the coming decade. Some of the titles we’ve been able to see include Bouzid, Half a Life, A Tale of Love and Desire, Slave to Sirens, and Omar Amiralay’s Dune. These are all films that will make a huge impact on the world and the cinema industry.
A Tale of Love and Desire
A Tale of Love and Desire is a coming of age drama starring Sami Outalbali and directed by the Tunisian lady of the screen, Leyla Bouzid. The show has some of the most intriguing characters you’ll ever meet. Despite the fact that it’s set in the ‘hood, the film manages to convey a feeling of cosmopolitan cool.
It’s an engaging tale of a young woman looking to avoid a certain fate. When she turns 18, she’s rewarded with a Cure, which is a fancy title for a magic potion that prevents love from taking over her life.
Bellydance Vogue was a hit, but the show was a little short sighted. Not surprisingly, the production budget was a hefty one, but at the very least we were treated to a few entertaining scenes. One of the most notable was a quick-and-dirty scene where a couple of the models were brought to tears. In addition to the aforementioned heartwarming scenes, the show featured an impressive roster of talent including Egyptian actor Ramy Youssef and the legendary Haifaa Al Mansour. Among the actors, Mohamed El-Masry and Khalid Yassin stood out in the crowd, but it was a couple of the more understated – and perhaps lesser rewarded – performers who were the stars of the night.
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Leyla Bouzid, the Tunisian filmmaker who made a name for herself with her debut feature AS I OPEN MY EYES, is working on a new film project. But she’s still keeping quiet about the details.
The film tells the story of Habib, a man barely sane and haunted by unhealed wounds from the Jasmine Revolution. It’s a coming of age tale. And it’s been made before the pandemic.
The film’s realism and surrealism are reminiscent of Andrei Tarkovsky. But its most important element is its depiction of the symbiotic relationship between Habib and his son. This is a story about the asymmetrical effect of conflict, and it also captures the way that a new culture can be a source of liberation.
Half a Life
If you are a fan of the Arab film industry, the first half of 2021 promises to be a remarkably diverse and exciting time. Not only are some of the best Middle Eastern films to be released this year on the big screen, but several streaming services are launching their own original Arabic programs. There is also a growing presence of Arab governments that regulate content on the internet.
These films range from dark comedies to existential treatises to queer cinema. Some are localized and some are not. This means that the scope of these movies is varied, but all are worth a watch.
Slave to Sirens
The movie Slave to Sirens may have skewed your palate for the better part of a year, but the band is back on the road. As with their previous forays, fans are treated to a slew of new songs and a few live shows. And as with the last flurry of activity, it looks like they will be releasing a new album in the near future. Whether they make their mark on the big and small screens is yet to be seen, but one would hope a newfound zeal translates into a resurge for their fan base.
Omar Amiralay’s Dune
Omar Amiralay is an important Syrian documentary filmmaker. He has made a large number of films that explore life under the authoritarian regime of the country. His films are often political and controversial. The works have received much attention from international critics and have been screened in a variety of film festivals, including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Cinema du Reel International Documentary Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival.
Amiralay was born in Damascus in 1944. He was raised by his father, who worked as a policeman, and his mother, who was Lebanese. He attended college in Syria, and studied in Paris. In 1970, he returned to his native land and launched a prolific career.
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