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The Cairo International Film Festival postpones opening to Wednesday because of mass protests Courtesy of the Cairo International Film Festival Facebook page

CIFF postpones opening night

With the festival coinciding with a growing unrest in the country and opening on the same day as proposed political rallies, CIFF issued several statements before making the decision to postpone the opening ceremony altogether.

Fady Salah

New in the movies this weekend

Resident Evil: Retribution It would not be our movie preview if we did not get to talk about a sequel. This week’s star is the fifth installment of the Resident Evil series, where viruses turn people into flesh-eating mutants, or something of that ilk. Loosely based on a videogame of yore, a black spandex clad …

Adel Heine

Seats laid out at Cimatheque ready for audiences to enjoy the film screenings Hana Al-Bayaty

Cairo underground cinema

Cimatheque is a multi-purpose space dedicated to celebrating film and independent filmmakers in Egypt. It is meant to be a dynamic work space for independent filmmakers to collaborate, research and network, aiding the development of their talents.

Luiz Sanchez

Deneuve, icon of French cinema, honored in NY

By Jocelyn Noveck / AP Of her more than 100 films, only seven have been in English. So Catherine Deneuve said she was surprised to win an American film award. But nobody else seemed surprised as Deneuve, an icon of French cinema as well as a global star renowned for her icy beauty, was handed the …

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Sandler sets worst-movie record with Razzies sweep

By David Germain / AP Adam Sandler and friends have scored a new high — or low — among voters of the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that presents prizes for the year’s worst movies. Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” managed a Razzies first on Sunday, claiming 10 awards to sweep every single category. Along with the …

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Leaving the shadow of the man

By Tom Dale Commissioned by UN Women to make a film about women in Egypt, Hanan Abdalla felt the need to tell a story with “a sense of responsibility to two worlds.” It is most important that such a film would speak accurately to an Egyptian audience, but it must also make sense to a Western …

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THE REEL ESTATE: The colliding worlds of Downtown

By Joseph Fahim Apart from Heliopolis, my beloved district that has been the subject of various recent films, no other neighborhood in Cairo is as diverse, complex and utterly fascinating as Downtown. Once the most affluent, most beautiful locality in Egypt, the face of Downtown, like most of the country, has radically changed over time; reflecting …

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