FIFTH EDITION FESTIVAL CINEMA ARABE
From the 8th until the 26th of May 2013 the fifth edition of Festival Cinéma Arabe took place. With more than 30 feature films, documentaries and short films by international filmmakers with an Arab background, the festival presented an overview of contemporary film production from countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Lebanon.
In the festival programme, attention was given to films that portray the current developments in the Arab world. Special dramas, surprising debut films and discerning documentaries clarified what the demonstrations and revolutions have meant for the people there and how the Arab Spring has brought about undeniable change.
A second theme running through the programme was the perception in the West about the Arab world, and vice versa. Taboo-breaking films and intriguing documentaries gave an insight into otherwise closed communities and provided a refreshing look at life and relationships within the Arab world.
In Festival Cinéma Arabe there are not only beautiful films on the programme, but also special music. At the invitation of the festival, the acclaimed duo Christian Boissel and flamenco star Rocío Márquez came to the Netherlands for the European premiere of the music programme Arabesques. With poems by Federico García Lorca, Boissel (piano and composition) and Márquez (vocals) brought an ode to the Arab-Andalucian period. On 14 May they appeared in the large hall of Paradiso, Amsterdam, on 15 May they performed in the Verkadefabriek and on 16 May they kicked off the four-day festival in LantarenVenster, Rotterdam. Prominent music journalist Peter Culshaw labelled their performance at the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music as ‘…the highlight of the whole festival’ (Songlines magazine, Aug/Sept 2012).
Festival Cinéma Arabe took place in Rialto (Amsterdam), Lantaren Venster (Rotterdam), Filmhuis Den Haag (The Hague), De Verkadefabriek (Den Bosch), Lumière (Maastricht) and ’t Hoogt (Utrecht).
We enjoyed a fantastic 12-day festival. We would like to thank you for your enthousiastic and thankful responses and ofcourse a big thank you to all the cooperating theatres.
We hope to see you soon at Cinéma Arabe in the Neighbourhood, to welcome you to our Filmclub or to meet you during one of our educational projects! So keep an eye on our website.
Fragment ArabesquesPublished on: Sunday 5 May 2013
Watch a fragment from the music program Arabesques, by Christian Boissel and Rocío Márquez at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 2012.» read more
Festival Cinéma Arabe at Cultura24Published on: Saturday 4 May 2013
From the 4th until the 10th of May the digital theme channel Cultura24 is all about the theme War, a phenomenon as old as mankind. Festival Cinéma Arabe and Cultura24 show that even now war is not far away. We selected the most beautiful films about this theme.» read more
European premiere Arabesques!Published on: Sunday 28 April 2013
At the invitation of Festival Cinéma Arabe the acclaimed duo Rocío Márquez and Christian Boissel come to the Netherlands for the European premiere of Arabesques.» read more