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.

Daphne — UNITED KINGDOM
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.

 


Cinema Akil founder brings the magic of independent movies to Dubai

Updated 18 August 2019

Cinema Akil founder brings the magic of independent movies to Dubai

  • Butheina Kazim founded Cinema Akil in 2014 as a platform for independent cinema
  • Kazim’s next goal is to expand the Cinema Akil concept from Dubai to the region

DUBAI:  Butheina Kazim has brought the magic of art-house movies to Dubai, through her project Cinema Akil.

Having worked in television, radio and film acquisitions, Butheina Kazim founded Cinema Akil in 2014 as a platform for independent cinema. For Kazim, who has also produced her own film “Letters to Palestine,” the project is about more than just watching films, it’s also for building community. 

She introduced the concept with pop-up screenings, but since last year Cinema Akil has a permanent theatre in Dubai’s art district on Al-Serkal Avenue. Step into the 133-seater theater, and you are transported to an old-school picture house.

“The permanent space allows us to release films every single night of the year. The programming is often exclusive and can’t be seen elsewhere,” said Kazim. But the pop-up format will always be part of Cinema Akil. “Our nomadic life allows us to reach different communities by bringing free public cinema to people.” 

Kazim works closely with special events such as Dubai Shopping Festival’s Market Out of the Box and Fashion Forward initiatives and has screened over 350 films across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

In summer, the cinema space’s robust line-up continues. “There’s a mythical Dubai exodus that everyone speaks of as soon as summer hits,” said Kazim. Some of Cinema Akil’s August highlights include “Straight Out of Berlin,” a series of eight films in collaboration with the Goethe Institut, which explores the many faces and tunnels of the German capital city.

There was even a “Cat Weekend” on International Cat Day earlier this month, when films that celebrate all things feline were screened.

Kazim has been encouraged by the region’s response to art cinema: “We’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm. Films we never expected to succeed, such “Cold War” by Pawel Pawlikowski and “Capernaum” by Nadine Labaki, had a wonderful response. It’s magical when that happens.”

Kazim’s next goal is to expand the Cinema Akil concept from Dubai to the region, giving cinephiles all over the Gulf a chance to enjoy independent films.