Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

What to watch at home this week on Netflix. (Shutterstock)
Updated 05 February 2019

Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

DUBAI: If you are planning a night in this week, here is what to watch on Netflix:

Velvet Buzzsaw
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette
Where: Netflix
Satirical horror thriller in which art critic Morf falls for Josephina, bonding over their dissatisfaction with their relationships. When Josephina finds a dead man in her apartment, and a collection of his odd paintings, Morf becomes obsessed with the artist.

Right Here: Around the Corner
Starring: Ray Romano
Where: Netflix
Twenty-five years after his last stand-up special, Ray Romano — star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” — returns to the live comedy scene. Filmed over two sets performed on one night in different Manhattan venues, Romano discusses friendship, marriage and aging.

Dear Ex
Starring: Roy Chiu, Ying-Xuan Hsieh, Spark Chen
Where: Netflix
Award-winning Mandarin language movie in which a teenage boy is caught up in the legal battle for his late father’s life insurance payout between his widowed mother and his father’s lover. He comes to realize that the money isn’t the real issue.

Russian Doll
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Yul Vasquez, Greta Lee, Chloë Sevigny
Where: Netflix
Eight-part series. Nadia is celebrating her 36th birthday at a party in New York. She dies that night. (Not a spoiler...) The next day, she celebrates her 36th birthday at a party in New York. She dies that night. And so on...

One Day At a Time
Starring: Justina Machado, Rita Moreno
Where: Netflix, from Feb. 8
A ‘reimagining’ of the classic sitcom from the Seventies, this time focused on a Cuban-American family. Single mom and army veteran Penelope is raising two kids and struggling to readjust to civilian life.


The Arab films submitted for the 2021 Oscars

Updated 26 November 2020

The Arab films submitted for the 2021 Oscars

DUBAI: One of the toughest contests at the Oscars is for the honor of Best International Feature Film. Competing with the best movies from all over the world, it is a tremendous accomplishment to be named one of the five films that make it into the final round. 

This year, these Arab films have been submitted for the Oscars at the 93rd Academy Awards set to take place on April 25, 2021. From Jordan to Tunisia, here are the homegrown films to root for. 

‘200 Metres’ (Jordan)

Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh’s first feature film tells the story of a Palestinian father trapped on the other side of the separation wall who is trying to reach the hospital for his son. This is Jordan’s fourth film submission for the Oscars.

‘You Will Die at 20’ (Sudan)

The award-winning feature from Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala was submitted as Sudan’s official nomination for the Best International Feature Film category at the 2021 Academy Awards. It is the country’s first Oscars submission.

‘Gaza Mon Amour’ (Palestine)

Palestinian filmmaking twins Tarzan and Arab Nasser’s second feature film tells the story of a 60-year-old fisherman who is secretly in love with a market dressmaker. As the story unfolds, the fisherman discovers an ancient Greek statue that troubles him. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and later screened at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the Netpac award. It will be the 13th film to represent Palestine at the Oscars.

‘Heliopolis’ (Algeria)

Directed by Djaffar Gacem, the Algerian drama is based on the real-life events of May 8, 1945 where French colonial forces attacked thousands of Algerians in the city of Guelma (called Heliopolis in ancient times). If “Heliopolis” is selected, it would be Algeria’s first entry since Costa-Gavras’s 1970 film “Z,” which was also the first Arab film to win an Academy Award. 

‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ (Tunisia)

Starring Monica Belluci, Kaouther Ben Hania’s film will represent Tunisia in the Oscar race for best international feature film. The movie, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the best actor award for Yahya Mahayni, tells the story of a Syrian man, who desperate to reach Europe to be with the love of his life, gets a large Schengen visa tattooed on his back by a famous artist, thus becoming a human artwork to be displayed at a Brussel’s museum. It is Ben Hania’s second film to be submitted for the Oscars.

‘Broken Keys’ (Lebanon)

On Tuesday, the Lebanese Ministry of Culture announced in a statement that award-winning filmmaker Jimmy Keyrouz’s movie has been officially selected to represent Lebanon in the foreign film category of the 93rd edition of the Oscars. The film, which was meant to premiere at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, revolves around Karim, a young pianist who lives somewhere in Iraqi and Syrian lands occupied by Daesh terrorists, and dreams of fleeing to Europe to become a musician. If selected, it would be the third Lebanese film nominated for an Oscar following Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult” in 2017 and Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” in 2018.