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Friday, November 11, 2011

Cinema Updates

Saturday, November 12, 2011

BARRY LYNDON at the Jesuit Center, 6:30 PM
Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
English with Arabic subtitles

November will be the Stanely Kubrick month at Jesuit Centre, kicking off with "Barry Lyndon." The story of an Irish rogue who wins the heart of a rich widow who assumes her dead husband's position in 18th Century aristocracy.

Screened at the Jesuit Center's "Gameat El Nahdet El Alamea wel Thaqafiya"
15 Mahrani street, behind the Jesuit School, Faggala
close to Shohadaa metro stop

Sunday, November 13, 2011 (2 events)

SPERIAMO CHE SIA FEMMINA at the Italian Institute of Culture, 6:00 PM (rerun at 8:00 PM)
Directed by Mario Monicelli.
Featuring Catherine Deneuve, Giuliano Gemma, Stefania Sandrelli, Bernard Blier, Philippe Noiret.
Italian without subtitles.

Italy / 1986.
Comedy. Runtime: 120 min.

The movie presents us the decline of a Tuscan family who owns a farm which is mainly managed by hard-working women. It is a remarkable film that enriches the poor panorama of the Italian cinema of the 80s. There is a wise mix of dramatic, humorous and grotesque, a beautiful gallery of portraits of women and constant oscillation between lightness and gravity. It is also considerable the way the director Monicelli develops, without ideological bias, the discourse on the absence, the weakness, the selfishness of men.

FI BAYTINA RAGUL (A Man in Our House) at the Netherland-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 6:00 PM
Directed by Henry Barakat
Featuring Omar el-Sherif, Zobeida Sarwat, Roshdi Abaza
1961, Arabic with no subtitles
Duraton: 153 minutes

Taken from the novel with the same name by Ihsan Abdelkaddous, this is one of Barakat’s nationalistic films, telling the story of the events right before the 1952 revolution. The film is about the life of a revolutionary, Ibrahim Hamdy (played by Omar el-Sherif). During a protest, one of his family gets killed and Ibrahim decides to take revenge by assassinating the Prime Minister. He is arrested but manages to escape and hide in the flat of an apolitical friend and his family.

NVIC Address: 1, Mahmoud Azmi Str (, Zamalek, Egypt, 11211

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

LA GRAINE ET LE MULET (THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN) at the Cairo Opera House, Open Air Theater, 7:30 PM
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Featuring Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi and Farida Benkhetache.
Tunisia / 2007
Runtime: 151 min
French / Arabic with Arabic subtitles.

At the port of S├Ęte, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by.

Also mark your calendar for the soon to come 4th Panorama of the European Film running from Wednesday November 23 to Tuesday November 29, 2011. Schedule to be announced soon.

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