Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

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Updated 27 February 2019

Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

DUBAI: If you are planning to stay home this week, here is what to watch.

Avengers: Infinity War
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
Where: OSN Movies,Thursday, 19:30
The superhero supergroup — Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America etc... — and their allies face their toughest challenge to date as supervillain Thoros threatens the existence of the universe as we know it.

Paris Is Us
Starring: Noemie Schmidt, Gregoire Isvarine, Marie Mottet, Lou Castel
Where: Netflix
French drama film. Anna, a young Parisian in her twenties, narrowly cheats death in a plane crash. Anna begins to look back over her life and seemingly perfect relationship, as rising social tensions sees her home city disintegrating into chaos, with random attacks causing terror on the streets.

Starring: Mark Duplass, Ray Romano, Ravi Patel
Where: Netflix
Two misfit neighbors strike up an unlikely friendship which develops into an unexpectedly intense bromance when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The two friends invent a game called Paddleton and decide to take a road trip.

Isn’t It Romantic
Starring: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth
Where: Netflix, from Feb. 28
Natalie, an architect, has hit the glass ceiling, and been relegated to the role of coffee fetcher. Things get even worse when she’s knocked out by muggers and comes round to discover she’s living in her worst nightmare: A rom-com.

Go! Vive a Tu Manera
Starring: Pilar Pascual, Majo Chicar, Majo Cardozo
Where: Netflix
Mia is a charismatic, talented dancer who wins a scholarship to the prestigious Saint Mary’s Academy. She quickly makes an enemy of the owner’s daughter — the star of the academy — but still thrives against the odds.


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.