ROME -- The Dubai Film Festival is intensifying efforts to forge European ties, the latest of which is a showcase of Arab films in Paris, following a promotional initiative in San Sebastian.
November and December saw two fewer film festivals than usual when Cairo and Damascus cancelled their events due to the turmoil caused by the Arab Spring's recent uprisings.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is a time for community, when families gather around the TV set to break the daily fast.
U.S.-based Iranian helmer Amir Naderi's "Cut," a poetic homage to Yakuza movies, will open the Venice Film Festival's cutting-edge Horizons section, which has also announced its jury roster.
Egyptian melodrama "Lust" (Al-shooq), directed by Khaled al-Haggar, took home the Golden Pyramid Thursday night at the 34th Cairo Film Festival, the oldest annual cinema event in the Arab world.
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