الأحد، 14 أبريل 2013

#libya Arete Film Club Spring/Summer Schedule

Tripoli, 14 April, 2013:
Arete’s Film Club continues for Spring/Summer 2013 with a selection chosen to represent Arab cinema and a variety of Oscar-winning movies from America.
The Foundation is eager to promote and reintroduce films to Libyans, especially to those in the arts community, who suffered decades long neglect and repression at the hands of the former regimes.
All movies will be screened at the Art House, next to the Prime Minister’s office on El Sikka Road, Tripoli.
The full programme can be seen here:

Beasts of the Southern Wild (English)
Thursday 18 April 2013 – 6:00 pm.
In this magical blend of realism and fantasy, allegory and observation, 6-year-old, Hushpuppy, who lives on a stretch of Louisiana bayou resembles the heroine of a fairy tale. Her cantankerous, imaginative father, Wink, bequeaths her his squalid realm, and a spiritual way of life. Stubborn and full of guile Hushpuppy begins to search for her lost mother, while trying to save her world from natural disaster, mythic beasts and clueless leaders. Beautifully directed and acted, and made on a shoestring budge, the film was nominated to four Oscars, best picture, best director, best supporting actress, and best adapted screenplay in 2013.
Director: Benh Zeitlin Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry,
Levy Easterly
U.S.A., 2012, 93 minutes.

Here Comes The Rain (Arabic with English subtitles)                                                    Saturday 20 April 2013 – 6:00 pm
Kidnapped during the civil war in Lebanon, Ramez was thrown into prison and tortured. Released after 20 years, he emerges a shattered man. Ramez’s wife and children struggle to cope with his return; a man with ailing health detached from reality. But Ramez is not the only one coping with the war’s legacy and it is his connections with others that lead to his recovery. The film was featured in numerous festivals including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Brussels Festival of Independent Film and the Festival of Arab Film in Oran, all in 2010.
Director: Bahij Hojeij Starring: Diamand Abou Abboud, Bernadette Hodei, Julia Kassar
Lebanon, 2010, 98 minutes.

Ahlaam  (Arabic with English subtitles)                                                                              Saturday 27 April 2013 – 6:00 pm
Director Mohamed Al-Daradji literally risked life and limb to bring you the only film about the Iraq war told from the Iraqi point of view. A film  that Variety calls “an ambitious work that’s both harrowing and beautiful.” Ahlaam is the tale of three patients in a Baghdad mental institution running through rioting streets after their hospital is decimated. The filmmaker had a camera in one hand and an AK-47 in the other. His crew was beaten and lined up to be shot by the insurgents, interrogated by American soldiers, his 14-year-old boom man was shot in the leg, and someone from the cast was kidnapped. Somehow, the footage survived and has evolved into a powerful, bone-chilling story of human beings struggling to make sense of unimaginable circumstances.
Director: Mohammed Al-Daraji Starring: Aseel Adel, Bashir Al Majid, Mohamed Hashim
Iraq, 2006, 110 minutes.

Rebel Without a Cause (English with Arabic subtitles)                                              Thursday 2 May 2013 – 6:00 pm
A perceptive analysis of teenage alienation and cultural disillusion, “Rebel Without a Cause” struck the complacent state of 1950s American society with a blow to the jaw. This landmark film exposed the anger and discontent beneath the prosperity and confidence of post-war America. If the notion that comfortable, middle-class white kids could harbour such feelings of anger and nameless yearning wasn’t discomforting enough, even more so was the notion that their parents were ill-equipped to understand or help them. The film was defined by the burning performances of its teenage leads, especially Dean’s raw, soulful performance, made timeless by the legendary actor’s early death shortly before the release of this extraordinary classic.
Director: Nicholas Ray Starring: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo                         USA, 1955, 107 minutes.

Night (Arabic)                                                                                                                                 Saturday 11 May 2013 – 6:00 pm
Set in the late 1930’s and 40’s, “Night” portrays the early decades of Syria’s struggle to transform to a modern nation, and to shape an identity despite a host of European colonial designs and alongside the Zionist state being created nearby. Viewed from a boy’s perspective, the film is a remembrance of things past in which the filmmaker tries to make sense of his childhood and come to terms with his wildly unstable father, a devoted family consumed by the historical turmoil occurring around him. Malas’s beautifully cinematic vision provides a poetic subtext to a melancholic epical story. Night won the Golden Tanit prize at the Carthage festival, and the silver prize at the Valencia film Festival, both in 1992.
Director: Mohamed Malas Starring: Sabah Al-Jazairi, Fares Al-Helou,
Omar Malas
Syria, 1992, 116 minutes.

Godfather I (English with Arabic subtitles)                                                                         Thursday 16 May 2013 – 6:00 pm
Coppolla’s decision to adapt Mario Puzo’s novel is perhaps one of the best decisions ever made in Hollywood. A true masterpiece whose set pieces, dialogue and performances are now cinematic icons, the film follows the Corleone clan, led by Don Vito, assisted by dubious deputies and several sons who play different roles. It’s indeed a tale of cold organized crime where money and influence stem from pure power, and whose only compass is blood loyalty. “The Godfather” received nine Oscar nominations, winning three for best film, best actor (Brando), and best adapted screenplay.
Director: Francis Coppolla Starring: Marlon Brandon, James Caan, Al Pacino U.S.A., 1972, 175 minutes.

Masquerade (Arabic)                                                                                                                    Saturday 18 May 2013 – 6:00 pm
After working for years as a gardener in his dusty village, Mounir dreams of improving his family’s fortune and gaining a measure of respect by marrying off his narcoleptic sister, Rym, to a “real gentleman.” However, Rym has other plans. And when Mounir declares to his village that he has has found a wealthy husband for his sister she goes along with his ruse,launching the two into a comic adventure. Beautifully brought to life by a memorable cast—including director Lyes Salem as the rambunctious Mounir—this heartfelt comedy suggests that when dreams become reality, it’s time to wake up.
Director: Lyès Salem Starring: Lyès Salem, Sarah Reguieg, Rym Takoucht.  Algeria, 2006, 94 minutes.

Kite (Arabic with English subtitles)
Saturday 25 May 2013 – 6:00 pm
On the day of her wedding, Lamia, who is only sixteen, crosses the barbed wire that separates her village from the village of her cousin and groom. Lamia’s village is Lebanese, while her cousin’s was annexed by Israel, and the only things that cross it are brides and coffins. Lamia joins her husband’s family, leaving behind her little brother, her school, her paper plane, her mother and her past. What will Lamia do with the remains of her childhood and how respond to her persistent dreams?
Director: Randa Chahal Sabag Starring: Flavia Bechara, Maher Bsaibes, Randa Asmar
Lebanon, 2003, 80 minutes.

Godfather 2 (English with Arabic subtitles)                                                                     Thursday 30 May 2013 – 6:00 pm
Francis Ford Coppola reshaped the background in Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel The Godfather and built a stunning sequel to his Oscar-winning, 1972 hit film. Robert De Niro plays Vito as a young Sicilian immigrant in turn-of-the-century New York City’s Little Italy. Coppola weaves Vito’s transformation into a powerful crime figure, with the evolution of his son Michael Corleone to spread the family’s business into pre-Castro Cuba. “The Godfather 2” is an amazingly intricate, symmetrical tragedy that touches upon several chapters of 20th-century history. This was De Niro’s first big film, and it remains Pacino’s best performance ever. The film won six Oscars including best picture, best director, and best supporting actor (De Niro).
Director: Francis Coppolla Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro,
Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall
U.S.A., 1974, 200 minutes.

Amreeka (Arabic and English)                                                                                                  Saturday 1 June 2013 – 6:00 pm
“Amreeka” chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle. Told with hearfelt humor by writer-director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first- generation-teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.
Director: Chirrene Dabis Starring: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem,
Alia Shawkat
Palestine/ USA, 2009, 96 minutes.

A New Day in Old Sana’a (Arabic with English subtitles)                                           Saturday 8 June 2013 – 6:00 pm
In this achingly romantic tale, handsome young Tariq is about to marry Bilquis, eldest daughter of a prominent and powerful judge. But as he wanders the ancient city of Sana’a late one night, he finds a new love and a new meaning to life. Before long, the young groom must choose between following his heart and protecting his family’s honour. Filmed entirely on location in the ancient city of Sana’a, this exquisite film is the first feature ever to come out of Yemen.
Director: Bader Bin Hires Starring: Nabil Saber, Dania Hamoud,
Paolo Roman
Yemen/U.K., 2006, 83 minutes.

Kramer vs. Kramer (English with Arabic subtitles)                                                       Thursday 13 June 2013 – 6:00 pm
Robert Benton’s Oscar-winning adaptation of Avery Corman’s bestseller tells the story of a jilted husband (Dustin Hoffman) who learns how to be a nurturing father. With time, Ted learns the value of family, but then Joanna (Meryl Streep) returns intent on taking custody of their son Billy. Benton’s raises the issue of balancing work and family and investigates men’s ability to nurture. Critics praised the film’s depiction of Ted’s travails, and the lead actors’s work; and audiences, touched by the film’s profundity, tenderness, and dramatic flare, turned it into a box-office smash. The film won five Oscars, including best picture, best actor (Hoffman), and best supporting actress (Streep).
Director: Robert Benton Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep,
Justin Henry
U.S.A., 1979, 105 minutes.

The Time that Remains (Arabic)                                                                                          Saturday 15 June 2013 – 6:00 pm
Elia Suleiman’s “The Time That Remains” combines a comic sensibility and an insider’s perspective to 60 turbulent years of Palestinian life under occupation. Suleiman contemplates how much has changed in his homeland since the Israeli declaration of independence in 1948, and how the natives have tried to maintain some continuity. Similar in style to his ‘“Chronicle of a Disappearance” and “Divine Intervention”. The Time that Remains, takes Suleiman back to Nazareth, again as actor, writer and director, to tell his story and his father’s A cool, controlled film with a detached tone and oblique, surreal outlook, “The Time that Remains” is another “masterpiece” by Suleiman wrote the Guardian’s reviewer.
Director: Elia Suleiman Starring: Ali Suliman, Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri               Palestine, 2009, 109 minutes.

Egyptian Maidens (Arabic)                                                                                                      Saturday 22 June 2013 – 6:00 pm
In Director Mohammed Amin’s “Egyptian Maiden” two well-educated professionally successful single women in their early thirties cannot get married no matter how hard they try. Amin lays out the comedy at first only to serve the hard truths later as his protagonists soon realize that their chances for love and fulfillment are intertwined with their nation’s difficulties. Typical of recent Egyptian cinema, the film combines various genres – melodrama, action, and slap stick comedy. Amin nonetheless succeeds in giving weight to the issues at hand with excellent performances from his leading ladies and a surprising ending.
Director: Mohammed Amin Starring: Zeina, Seba Mubarak, Eyad Nassar                      Egypt, 2010, 120 minutes.

Psycho (English)                                                                                                                             Thursday 27 June 2013 – 6:00 pm
“Psycho” depicts a meeting between Marion Crane (Lee) who flees to a secluded hotel after embezzling money from her employer, and the hotel owner, the troubled Norman Bates (Perkins). “Psycho” is a crime thriller bar none, that cleverly challenges our ability to apprehend the psychology of a killer and his complex motives. Hitchcock here excels at playing with viewers expectations and offers amazing directorial techniques borrowed from the Soviets Budovkin and Eisenstein. The film’s suspense is aided by Bernard Herman’s superb film score, especially the famous screeching violins track. “Psycho” received four Oscar nominations and is considered Hitchcock’s best film.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Starring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles,
Janet Lee.
USA, 1959, 109 minutes.

Man of Ashes (Arabic with English subtitles)                                                                    Saturday 29 June 2013 – 6:00 pm
Like any groom, Hachemi is anxious about his approaching marriage, but not for the usual reasons. He feels that his new life could not begin properly unless he revisits a period in his childhood when he and his best friend Farfat were apprentices with the neighbourhood carpenter who mistreated them. Delving into the past threatens to reveal the fragility of Hachemi’s place in society, but it is a journey he feels compels to undertake.
Director: Nouri Bouzid Starring: Imed Maalal, Khaled Ksouri,
Mustapha Adouani
Tunisia, 1986, 110 minutes.

Where Do We Go Now? (Arabic with English subtitles)                                                 Saturday 6 July 2013 – 6:00 pm
Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, “Where Do We Go Now?” follows the antics of the town’s women to keep their self-important men from starting a religious war. Heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers who may die, and remembering the fighters and the victims lost to the previous flare-ups, these enterprising women unite to distract their men with clever ruses. And herein lies the beauty of this well-wrought comedy.
Director: Nadine Labaki Starring: Claude Baz Moussawbaa,
Nadine Labaki, Leyla Hakim
Lebanon, 2001, 110 minutes
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