Iran’s popular animation show Roobi and Chicken has been running for the last 11 years. Developed by indigenous Tehran-based studio Gonbad Caboud Studios, the animated series is the brain-child of brothers Babak and Behnood, who first shot to fame for their short film Stripy, that competed at the Animation Show of Shows in 2015.
Now with the Annecy nomination, the Iranian brothers have another feather to their cap. Roobi and Chicken is going to the International Animation Film Festival in France that will commence on 11 June 2018. Its a silent slapstick cartoon series based on Iranian folktales but with a quirky twist. Read More via AnimationXpress.
Renowned Iranian photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat is back with Looking for Oum Kulthum, a film tracing the life of a legendary Egyptian singer. Neshat spoke to DW ahead of its June 7 release in Germany.
Neshat's biopic also has an autobiographical dimension, in that it revolves around an Iranian woman artist who sets out to capture the life and art of the iconic singer. Read More via DW.
The founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, is set to be the subject of a new Hollywood movie produced by STX Films.
Shekhar Kapur, who previously worked on “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” will direct the film.
STX Films’ chairman, Adam Fogelson, released a statement, saying: “Patterned after great movies like Gandhi, Selma, and Darkest Hour, this project will tell the story of a dynamic, powerful personality who helped create historic change.” Read More via ArabNews.
Londoners will have the opportunity to see international artist Basma Al Sharif’s first feature length film Ouroboros, which pays homage to the Gaza Strip, at her first solo exhibition, The Gap Between Us, that opened on Friday.
Al Sharif, a filmmaker and photographer, was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, before moving to France and later the United States.
She spoke to The National about how her nomadic upbringing, conflicted sense of identity as part of the Palestinian diaspora and political consciousness has influenced her work. Read More via TheNational.
A Syrian refugee will be cooking dishes from Damascus and Aleppo for VIP guests at the opening of the Berlinale International Film Festival next month.
The choice of Malakeh Jazmati reflects the mission of the festival, which was set up in 1951 to showcase films that address urgent social and political issues in the world.
At the Berlin film festival opening reception in February, the 30-year-old chef, who runs a catering business in the German capital with her husband, will be cooking for more than 400 guests attending the opening reception. Read More via Reuters.
We’ve only been on the road for 20 minutes and already the cinematic comparisons are flowing like lava. Game of Thrones. Lord of the Rings. Spaghetti western? “No, Narnia.” Frozen! It could be all of them, depending on where your gaze settles. One minute it’s all glacial rivers and snow-capped mountain ranges, turn the bend and you’re plunged into a desolate landscape of lava fields as black as coal dust; seconds later it’s Middle-earth, with moss-green meadows and cascading waterfalls. It’s widescreen Netflix on speed. Read More via TheGuardian.
A film about an Olympic basketball showdown between the Soviet Union and the US has broken records in Russia, at a time when the country’s sports are mired in a doping scandal and relations with Washington are at a low point.
Going Vertical shows Soviet players claiming victory over the US in the final of the 1972 Munich Games, but skirts around the fact that the Americans never accepted defeat because of allegations of incorrect refereeing.
The movie has taken 1.82bn rubles (£23.2m) since its release in December, making it the country’s highest-grossing film ever. Read More via TheGuardian.
Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in collaboration with Embassy of Switzerland will organise a lecture on Film and Locarno Film Festival on January 23 at PNCA Lecture Hall in Islamabad.
Head of Locarno Film Festival Sophie Bourdon will deliver a lecture on the topic in PNCA at Lecture Hall. The event would be attended by film students, filmmakers and film enthusiasts.
The Locarno Festival (formerly called the Festival del film Locarno and commonly referred to as the Locarno Film Festival) is an annual film festival held every August in Locarno, Switzerland. Read More via DND.
With the likes of Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi released, 2017 was a huge year for blockbusters, and the big-hitters grossed billions at box-offices across the globe.
Sweden has its own way of doing things though. Take Wonder Woman for example, which only managed to place 25th on the country’s "most watched" rankings for the year, being seen 205,595 times. The second Guardians of the Galaxy performed better, but not much (15th with 296,154), while Dunkirk edged them in 12th with 319,902 views.
But surely even the stoic Swedes would be moved by Luke Skywalker's long-awaited return to the big screen and flock to see The Last Jedi like pretty much everyone else? They did, with the new Star Wars watched 696,896 times in 2017, but it still only came second in the Swedish cinema most-watched ranking.
So what powerhouse was big enough to topple even Star Wars? Read More via TheLocal.