#Cairo; #CairoInternationalFilmFestival; #TheFather; #FlorianZeller; #YousryNasrallah
Cairo/Canadian-Media: The 42nd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday 2nd of December, media reports said.
Cairo International Film Festival. Image credit: Website
Despite the travel obstacles imposed by the Corona Virus, the festival colorful opening ceremony at Cairo Opera House on Dec 2 was participated by many celebrities from Africa and beyond and more than 200 foreign guests.
The President of the festival, Mohamed Hefzy, thanked the Egyptian state for adhering to the return of life to normalcy, especially the Egyptian Ministry of Health, which supervises the health insurance of the festival with the participation of a team up to 120 people.
International stars such as Sir Christopher Hampton and Rufus Sewell came to present the Opening Film : The Father, directed by Florian Zeller.
Raya Abirached, the Lebanese TV presenter and celebrity journalist at MBC was happy to attend and will hold an in-conversation with Rufus Sewell on the 5th of December at the Opera
In observance of the centenary this year of the Late Italian director Federico Fellini, one of the most prominent directors in the history of cinema, restored copies of four of Fellini's most famous films would be shown on the stage during the event.
The event honored Other figures in the film industry who were honored during the event were the British play -and screenwriter and director Sir Christopher Hampton who won a Lifetime Achievement Award and Whahid Hamid, Egyptian author and screen writer and Mona Zaki, multiple award-winning superstar who took home the Faten Hamama Excellence Award for her work in Cinema.
A video message from the directors of the three most important festivals in the world (Cannes, Berlin and Venice) were played by Mohamed Hefzy during his speech which revealed thier welcoming their participation in the opening ceremony of the festival. The video also praise the challenge that the festival president and his team took to make the ceremony a success.
#SeanConnery; #Scotland; #DeathOfConnery; #AcademyAward; #Hollywood; #LifetimeAchievementAward
Scotland, Oct 31 (Canadian-Media): Thomas Sean Connery, the Scottish actor, with his film career lasting almost 70 years, the first person who played James Bond in Eon Productions’ long-running spy series, has died aged 90, media reports said.
Sean Connery. Image credit: Facebook page
Connery was known for appearing in films including Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt For Red October (1990) and The Rock (1996).
Also included in the credits are: Murder On The Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Name Of The Rose (1986, for which he won the Bafta best actor award) and Highlander (1976).
Connery played Bond in six films in Dr. No, franchise: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.
In the 1983 movie, 'Never Say Never Again' also he played Bond, which was not made by Eon Productions.
He was awarded the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1988 for playing Irish-American police officer Jim Malone in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables.
He did not appear on screen since 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, he confirmed his retirement from acting in 2006, after receiving the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is survived by his second wife Micheline Roquebrune and his son, British actor Jason Connery, from his first marriage to Diane Cilento.
#MoJoGlobalArts; #PaticiaChica; #Montreal; #InternationalEntertainment; #TelefilmsCanada
Los Angeles (California), Oct 22 (Canadian-Media): Canadian/El Salvadorian filmmaker Patricia Chica, has been signed to MoJo Global Arts, a forward-thinking production and management company focused on laying the groundwork for diverse voices in the film and entertainment industry, founded by Morris Ruskin, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, and Joseph Mellicker, as production in Montreal resumes, media reports said.
MoJo Global Arts. Image credit: Facebook page
A dramatic feature developed with Award-winning director Patricia Chica’s writing partner Kamal John Iskander and Canadian production company Objectif 9 just wrapped filming on Montréal Girls.
Inspired by her Chica' experience, the story documents the city’s subcultures and focuses on a Middle-Eastern student who arrives in Montreal to become a doctor because that’s what his father wants. There, he meets two young women who challenge his perceptions and reveal him to his destiny to actually become a poet. Chica’s goal with this project is to empower audiences worldwide to discover their true self and to take action to make society a much more accepting place.
Patricia Chica’s journey through filming had been an adventure, as she had to adapt to new strict COVID protocols for filming within Canada during a red zone. While she was grateful that Montréal Girls was one of the first few productions to start in Montreal during the pandemic, she says,
“It’s been a challenge, especially with actors and intimate scenes. Actors are not used to wearing masks that prevent them from seeing their facial expressions and keeping physical distance, even during rehearsals,” she explains. “Thankfully, I have developed a creative approach based on Chi Energy techniques for storytelling and performance that came in quite handy throughout the filming process. It allowed us to create a safe and sacred space of emotional connection despite the physical limitations imposed by the strict COVID safety rules,” she adds.
Patricia Chica. Image credit: Facebook page
Apart from having to adapt her script to this new production reality, next up for Chica is her book, “Empathy is Bullsh!t” which is her take on how she bridges the gap between Chi Energy, storytelling and performance within the film industry, as well as “Soleil & Luna”, a LatinX LGBT pilot episode script for OUT TV, to be produced by Byron A. Martin and which just received development funding from the Canadian Media Fund (CMF). Chica has also just been attached to be the director of the documentary adaptation of the celebrated book Project Heaven on Earth by author Martin Rutte.
When asked about her management company, MoJo Global Arts, Chica shared, “I’m very grateful to my managers Alex Flores, Doug Warner and Morris Ruskin. They believed in me before all the projects were close to even being financed. They’ve helped me expand my potential and sharpen my strategy at a global level. I’m well surrounded by the Mojo team.”
Ruskin said, “As an enormously talented writer, director, and producer, Patricia Chica is a triple threat plus. The plus is that she is Canadian and Salvadorian and brings a unique voice to all her work plus qualifies for a subsidy from both countries. Montréal Girls has the benefit of financing from Telefilm Canada, Sodec, The Harold Greenberg Fund as well as the tax credits but really it has the benefit of her unique vision.”
UK; #Tenet; #ChristopherNolan; #2020SpyFilm; #WarnerBros
United Kingdom, Sep 1 (Canadian-Media): 2020 spy film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and co-produced with Emma Thomas, the Warner Bros release 'Tenet' premiered in the United Kingdom (UK) on August 26, 2020, after being delayed three times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is scheduled to be released in the United States (US) on September 3, 2020, in IMAX, 35 mm, and 70 mm, media reports said.
Image credit: Twitter Handle
After arriving last week in 678 French cinemas, Tenet achieved 810,000 admissions for the five-day opening period (August 26-30), including previews from August 24-25, the biggest opening total for a film since Covid struck.
Landing in second place with 214,000 admissions is Benoit Deléphine and Gustave Kervern’s Berlin Silver Bear-winning comedy Delete History (aka Effacer L’Historique), from Ad Vitam.
Family comedy Les Blagues De Toto took the third place, with admissions weekend admissions of 145,000
Disney’s The New Mutants won the fourth place with 131,000 admissions from 412 cinemas.
The UK and Ireland marketplaces witnessed a significant rise in family comedies with the arrival of Tenet.
Tenet was able to gross an international total of $54m, with £3.27m in the UK for the weekend period, and £5.4m for the five-day period beginning last Wednesday.
A co-production between the UK and the US, Tenet stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.
The plot of the film follows a secret agent who must manipulate time in order to prevent World War III.
It had taken more than five years for Nolan to write the screenplay after spending more than a decade in finalising Tenet's central idea. Casting began in March 2019, and the principal photography, starting in May 2019, took place in Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot on 70 mm and IMAX.
#JKRowling; #HarryPotterAuthor; #TransgenderIssues; #transphobic
New York, Aug 29 (Canadian-Media): J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter author said Aug 27 she she is returning the award from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights nonprofit linked to the Kennedy family after the president of the organization, Kerry Kennedy published a statement expressing her "profound disappointment" with the author's comments, media reports said.
J.K. Rowling. Image credit: Facebook Page
"The statement incorrectly implied that I was transphobic, and that I am responsible for harm to trans people," Rowling said on her website.
"As a longstanding donor to LGBT charities and a supporter of trans people's right to live free of persecution, I absolutely refute the accusation that I hate trans people or wish them ill, or that standing up for the rights of women is wrong, discriminatory, or incites harm or violence to the trans community."
While supporting trans rights, said Rowling in a series of tweets in June, that she did not believe in "erasing" the concept of biological sex and added that she refused to "bow down" to a movement seeking "to erode `woman' as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it."
In a post on her website Friday, she expressed "solidarity with those who have contacted me but who are struggling to make their voices heard."
Rowling's personal experience of abuse and sexual assault had motivated to speak out about the issue.
Rowling said that she had been previously criticized by actors from the Harry Potter franchise, including Daniel Radcliffe, an English actor and producer, best known for playing Harry Potter in the Harry Potter film series during his adolescence and early adulthood.
Kerry Kennedy joined the criticism this month when she published her statement on the RFK Human Rights website. The group in December named Rowling one of its Ripple of Hope laureates for her founding of Lumos, which works to get children worldwide out of orphanages and into families.
Kennedy said Rowling's "attacks upon the transgender community" were a disapproval of her father's vision.
"I have spoken with J.K. Rowling to express my profound disappointment that she has chosen to use her remarkable gifts to create a narrative that diminishes the identity of trans and nonbinary people, undermining the validity and integrity of the entire transgender community — one that disproportionately suffers from violence, discrimination, harassment, and exclusion and, as a result, experiences high rates of suicide, suicide attempts, homelessness, and mental and bodily harm," Kennedy said.
#UNHCR; #StatelessnessLaw; #Netflix; #DrmaSeries; #CateBlanchet
Geneva/UNHCR, Jul 19 (Canadian-Media): Stateless, a powerful new show co-created and produced by the actor, director and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, explores what it means to lose your home, country and identity, UNHCR reports said.
Rohingya refugee Nur Fatima, 20, and her one year old son in Nyapara refugee settlement speak to Cate Blanchett. They arrived in Nayapara via Jadimara border point in March 2018.
Image credit: © UNHCR/Hector Perez
‘Stateless’ was co-created and produced by Cate Blanchett. The actor and director was inspired and impassioned by her work and experiences as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to shine a light on what loss of identity can mean.
The drama focuses on four strangers whose lives collide in an immigration detention center in the Australian desert. The central story is inspired by the real-life case of an Australian citizen who was unlawfully detained in 2004.
The series intertwines personal stories, revealing a system struggling with the irreconcilable contradictions of border protection. Loss of identity and dignity is a key theme and the personal crises the characters face are heightened by detention.
“It is my hope that Stateless will build empathy.”
Blanchett said: “It is my hope that Stateless, a project that actually has grown up separately from my work with UNHCR but brings together two worlds for me, will build empathy and understanding for refugees, particularly those who have been and still are in detention.”
“We live in a world where about one per cent of all humanity is now displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. Through Stateless, I hope to prompt people to rethink how they and we all are responding to the current displacement crisis. To understand what it means to lose your home, your country, your identity. To get people to empathize and to ask questions,” she said.
The series uses the term stateless in its poetic sense to address that loss of personal identity rather than in a legal sense.
But statelessness is an issue that Blanchett is concerned about and which is also part of UNHCR’s unique mandate as a UN agency.
“On paper, stateless people don’t exist.”
Under international law, statelessness refers to the millions of people around the globe who are not recognized as citizens by any country. This has devastating consequences for their ability to exercise their human rights and participate in the normal life of the societies they live in.
UNHCR is working to end statelessness by 2024 through its #IBelong Campaign.
In a short social media explainer for UNHCR on statelessness, Blanchett said: “Most people are citizens of somewhere. We have birth certificates, we have passports, ID cards. But on paper, stateless people don’t exist. Without a passport or an ID the list of things people cannot do is never ending – go to school, see a doctor, own a SIM card, work legally, open a bank account, travel, own a home or even get legally married. Statelessness exists everywhere. It’s happening in countries like yours or mine.”
#GleeStarNayaRivera; #DeathByDrowing; #VenturaCounty
Southern California (U.S.): Glee star Naya Rivera's four-year-old son Josey Hollis Dorsey told investigators that his mother, whose body was found in a Southern California lake Monday, helped him back on the deck of their rented boat before he looked back and saw her disappearing under the water, authorities in Ventura County, Calif., said.
Naya Rivera. Image credit: Facebook page
"She must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself," Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference on Jul 13.
Three hours after the pair launched on Lake Piru northwest of Los Angeles, Josey was found asleep and alone in a life vest on the drifting boat by the vendor who rented the boat to them.
A five-day search that ended with the discovery of the body of the 33-year-old floating near the surface early Monday, authorities said.
It was believed by the authorities that Rivera drowned accidentally, and that her body was most likely trapped in the vegetation under the lake for several days before floating to the top, Ayub said.
"It has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal," Ayub said "We share in their grief."
Rivera's body was flown by helicopter 64 kilometres to the coroner's office in Ventura for an autopsy, and an official identification, authorities said.
Mother and son parking and renting the boat at about 1 p.m. on July 8 was shown on a surveillance video.
The boy was quickly united with family members after he was found and was safe and healthy, authorities said.
The boy is Rivera's son from her marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey.
After nearly four years of marriage, Rivera and Dorsey divorced in 2018.
The day before her death, Rivera tweeted a photo of herself and Josey that read, "just the two of us."
20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment also released a statement, saying: "Naya Rivera was a fierce talent with so much more to do and this is such a terrible tragedy. We are forever grateful for the indelible contribution she made to Glee, from the first episode to the last."
#LosAngeles; #CanadianTonyAwardNominated; #NickCordero; #Covid19Complications
Los Angeles (US), Jul 6 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Tony Award-nominated 41-year-old actor Nick Cordero has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus, media reports said.
Nick Cordero. Image credit:Facebook page
According to his wife, Amanda Kloots, Cordero died July 5 at Cedars-Sinai hospital after spending more than 90 days in the hospital.
"God has another angel in heaven now," she posted on Instagram.
"Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone's friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband."
Cordero grew up in Hamilton and attended Ryerson University in Toronto for acting.
He specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as Waitress, A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway.
Cordero also appeared in film and television roles.
#IFC; #TheWretched; #TheatreBuzz; #FIBF;
California (United States), Jun 7 (Canadian-Media): IFC’s horror movie “The Wretched” fetched more than $1 million mark after a month of drive-in movie theater buzz, media reports said..
The Wretched Horror Movie. Image credit. Twitter handle.
$162,000 at 95 sites was taken by the indie film over the weekend.
The movie premiered at the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival (FIBF), followed by its launch on May 1 at just 11 drive-ins, including the Mission Tiki in Montclair, Calif.
Written and directed by Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce, “The Wretched” is about the discovery of an evil witch in the nearby woods by a young boy.
The cast includes John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Zarah Mahler, Azie Tesfai and Jamison Jones.
“Anyone who at this point disputes or discounts the power of the big screen experience need only look at the stellar ongoing drive-in performance of IFC’s ‘The Wretched,'” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.
Meanwhile, Quiver’s thriller “Becky” was at the top of the small but growing U.S. box office with $178,186 at 42 locations.
Starring Lulu Wilson, a 13-year-old rebel, played by Joel McHale who is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father in an effort to try to reconnect.
Their encounter with group of convicts on the run led by a merciless man portrayed by Kevin James makes worsen their trip.
Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion directed the film from a script by Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye.
Frances Adair Mckenzie’s VR work The Orchid and the Bee selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival
The #Montreal; #NationalFilmBoard; #AnnecyInternationalAnimationFilmFestival
Montreal, May 20 (Canadian-Media): An immersive Virtual Reality (VR) work by interdisciplinary artist Frances Adair Mckenzie, 'The Orchid and the Bee', produced at the National Film Board (NFB), will have its world premiere at the eminent Annecy International Animation Film Festival, where it will screen in competition as part of the official VR selection, media reports said.
Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Image credit: Official site
The project was selected from among 80 submissions.
Some of the seven works in competition will be accessible on the Viveport platform, in collaboration with HTC Vive and with the support of creators and producers. More details will be provided by the festival in the coming weeks.
Inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution, 'The Orchid and the Bee' unfolding in three acts, is an ode to nature’s struggle for existence, blending VR technology with the tactile materiality of stop-motion animation.
The survivors in 'The Orchid and the Bee' are neither the strongest nor most intelligent, but are most adaptable to change.
Mckenzie's mischievous sense of play is brought to the realm of virtual reality as her story unfolds in three acts.
Plasteline-moulded puppets integrated into VR to place the spectator inside a rotating spiral of evolutionary events.
The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms.
Groundbreaking animation are produced by the NFB at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as with many of the world’s leading auteur animators via international co-productions.
Three NFB productions or co-productions have been selected for the short film competition at Annecy, which will take place this year online from June 15 to 30: Theodore Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow, Andreas Hykade’s Altötting and Jean-François Lévesque’s I, Barnabé