In these pages you will hopefully find interesting tips on how to take advantage of Cairo's many cultural opportunities, with particular attention to live events. Cairo Live Events Guide does not pretend to be exhaustive but will try to cover main events open to the public.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Cinema Updates

Apologies for the delay. This weekend has flown by without having registered itself until Cairowanderer kindly reminded me :) Here are updates nevertheless. The week is actually packed with many exciting events, so I hope my slip will be forgiven because there's still lots to offer! Look out for the Chilean film series this week at Cervantes!

Monday, October 17, 2011

INLAND EMPIRE at the Cinema al Fourn, Darb 17 18, 8:00 PM
USA / 2006

Directed by David Lynch

David Lynch’s archetypes—recognizable from previous movies—once again construct the film's inherent logic, but with a new twist. Sets vibrate between the contemporary and a 1950s alternate universe crammed with dim lamps, long hallways, mysterious doors, sparsely furnished rooms and a vortex/apartment/sitcom set where rabbit-masked humans dwell, and a Polish town where women are abused and killed. Filmed on video, the film's look has the sinister, frightening feel of a Mark Savage film or a bootlegged snuff movie. Constant close-ups, both in and out of focus, make Inland Empire feel as if a stalker covertly filmed it.

SABADO (SATURDAY) as part of Chilean Cinema at the Cervantes, Dokki, 6:30 PM
Chile / 2003. 65 minutes.
Directed by Matías Bize
Subtitles in English

A few minutes before her wedding, Bianca discovers that her boyfriend has a lover that is also pregnant. In her wedding dress, Bianca sets out seeking revenge. The camera follows the protagonist, in one long uncut scene from start to end.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DAMASCUS WITH LOVE at the Open Air Theater, Cairo Opera House, 7:30 PM
Arabic subtitles.

Synopsis: Rima, a Syrian-Jewish girl is about to emigrate from Damascus. When her father reveals an old secret to her at the airport, she cancels her trip and returns to explore the past.
Directed by: Mohamad Abdulaziz

EN LA CAMA (IN BED) as part of Chilean Cinema at the Cervantes, Dokki, 6:30 PM
Chile / 2005. 85 minutes
Directed by Matías Bize
Subtitles in English

Daniela and Bruno meet at a party and then decide to go to a motel. Strangers before then, the intimacy of sharing a bed for a night will change their lives forever.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CRIMSON GOLD at the Cinema al Fourn, Darb 17 18, 8:00 PM
Directed by Jafar Panahi
English subtitles.

Two master filmmakers, Abba Kiarostami (A Taste of Cherry) and Jafar Panahi (The Circle), team up as writer and director, respectively, on Crimson Gold, a subtle tragedy about class conflict in Iran. Hussein is a lumbering veteran swollen by cortisone (for war-induced pain) and reduced to delivering pizzas at night—he is frequently lost in a mental semi-fog during the days. Witness to the rewards and vanities of the wealthy, insulted when a jewelry shop owner won't allow him in his store, and under pressure to get married, Hussein awkwardly aspires for higher ground but is more familiar with a life of marginal importance. When an eccentric socialite gives him a taste of luxury, something desperate is unleashed. Director Jafar Panahi brings his feel for and vision of the expansive ordinary, for the near-invisible forces churning within characters in seemingly throwaway circumstances.

LO BUENO DE LLORAR (Good to Mourn) as part of Chilean Cinema at the Cervantes, Dokki, 6:30 PM
Chile / 2007. 80 minutes.
Directed by Matías Bize
Subtitles in English

That's just what a relationship is. It's not an easy thing to part with but involves a long decisions at night, doubts, fears, lies, silences, reflection and discussion. Through different situations
and conversations, a couple reveal secrets of their intimate relationship. Vera and Alejandro allow us to explore the great lies that can exist in a couple and also the great truths of being human.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

LA VIDA DE LOS PECES (The Life of Fish) as part of Chilean Cinema at the Cervantes, Dokki, 6:30 PM
Chile / 2010. 84 minutes.
Directed by Matías Bize
Subtitles in English

Andrew lives in Germany since 10 years ago. He returns to Chile to settle his past before moving permanently to Berlin. During his stay, he attends a birthday party of a friend, meeting once again Beatrice, his great love. The encounter could Andrew's life forever.

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