The Six: BFI London Film Festival

An image from 'Amra and the second marriage'. (Supplied)
Updated 11 October 2018
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The Six: BFI London Film Festival

  • BFI kicked off on Wednesday and there is no shortage of films from, or set in, the Middle East and Muslim-majority countries

DUBAI: The famed festival kicked off on Wednesday and there is no shortage of films from, or set in, the Middle East and Muslim-majority countries set to be screened.

‘Amra and the Second Marriage’

Director Mahmoud Sabbagh offers a bold commentary laced with sharp wit in this 95-minute black comedy about a middle-aged housewife in Saudi Arabia.


’A Private War’

Partly shot in Joran, the plot centers on Marie Colvin, one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, as she is driven to the forefront of conflicts.


‘3 Faces’

Actress Behnaz Jafari is distressed by a young girl’s plea for help in this Iranian film. The actress travels across the country to try to help the girl, who has been prevented from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory by her family.


’Dear Son’

A Tunisian couple, whose lives revolve around their only son, is left distraught after he leaves home to join Daesh.


’Holiday’

Listed as one of Turkey’s submissions, this film is about a lavish trip to the Turkish Riviera that goes horribly wrong.


‘May the Devil Take You’

After years of estrangement, Alfie pays her ailing father a visit. Doctors are unable to explain the disease that is ravaging his body so she decides to visit her father’s rundown villa to hunt for clues in this Malaysian thriller.

 


The Six : Oscar nominated films from the Middle East

Oscar nominated films from the Middle East. (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 January 2019
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The Six : Oscar nominated films from the Middle East

DUBAI: Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” has been nominated for an Oscar, but it isn’t the only film from the region to be recognized by the academy over the years.

‘Battle of Algiers’
This Italian-Algerian film was nominated in two separate years — in 1967, for Best Foreign Language Film and in 1969 for its screenplay and director.

‘Paradise Now’
The 2005 Palestinian drama was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film award in 2006 and revolved around two childhood friends seeking to carry out suicide attacks in Tel Aviv.

‘Days of Glory’
Director Rachid Bouchareb led this old-fashioned World War II platoon movie that was nominated for an Oscar in 2007.

‘Outside the Law’
This 2010 Algerian war drama is a follow up to ‘Days of Glory’ and is set during the fight for Algerian independence. It was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2011.

‘Ave Maria’
This 2015 Palestinian film is a humorous look at an encounter between a Jewish family and Palestinian nuns in the West Bank. It was nominated in the Live-Action Short Films category in 2016.

‘The Insult’
Directed by Ziad Doueiri, the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film nominee revolved around the aftermath of a clash between a Palestinian refugee and a Lebanese Christian.