The Six: European Film Festival in Lebanon

The European Film Festival in Lebanon taking place till Feb.4. (Shutterstock)
Updated 30 January 2019

The Six: European Film Festival in Lebanon

DUBAI: The 25th anniversary of the European Film Festival in Lebanon is currently taking place till February 4th. We take a look at some of the film that will be screening throughout the festival.

A young woman caught in the daily rush of her modern life, too busy to see she is unhappy, is forced to confront a needed change in her life when she saves the life of a shopkeeper.

Maria (and everybody else) – SPAIN
Ever since her mum died, Maria has taken care of her father and her siblings. When her father announces his new marriage, Maria’s world crashing down.

Dogman – ITALY
Marcello is a mannered dog groomer who commits minor crimes for Simoncino, a former boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. Simoncino’s abuse brings Marcello to his breaking point, making him take matters into his own hands.

Kazantzakis – GREECE
The true story of the greatest Greek author of the 20th century, Nikos Kazantzakis. In his existential search around the world to implement the ideas of Christ and Buddha in real life.

Love Revisited – NETHERLANDS
After their forty-year old son suddenly dies, two divorced sixty-year olds see each other again after many years. They find comfort with each other and their old romance returns while they try to keep it a secret from their family.

Cold War – POLAND
Cold War is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other.


Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

Updated 24 April 2019

Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

  • The author will receive a prize of $50,000 for her winning novel “The Night Mail”
  • The book includes a series of letters from individuals who are facing social and personal issues

ABU DHABI: Lebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the Booker international prize for Arabic fiction for her novel “The Night Mail.”
She will receive $50,000 and the five other authors who reached the final short-list will each receive $10,000, the organizers revealed late Tuesday.
Conceived in Abu Dhabi in 2007, the prize is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and financed by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism.
Born in Beirut, Hoda Barakat lives in Paris and has published several novels including “The Stone of Laughter” and “My Master and My Lover.”
“The Night Mail” is her sixth novel and has been translated into French.
Alongside the prize money, funds will also be provided for translating the book into English.
The novel consists of a series of letters by individuals “facing social misery and their own demons,” according to publisher Actes Sud.
Abu Dhabi, capital of the emirate of the same name, has become an increasingly significant cultural hub.
The city hosts the Louvre Abu Dhabi — the first museum to take the name “Louvre” outside France — which houses nearly 600 works in a futuristic building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.