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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

February Film Month at NVIC

Starting with Sunday February 3, 2012 the NVIC will hold screenings of films every Friday starting out with the Arabic film Microphone.

The films start at 7:00 PM sharp.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM.

February at NVIC will feature numerous Dutch or Flemish films, Egyptian classics as well as contemporary Egyptian feature films and short films from young talented directors, all with English subtitles.

Whenever possible film screenings will be followed by discussions with directors. 

  • February 3: Microphone 
    Ahmed Abdalla - Egypt – 2010

    When Khaled returns to his hometown Alexandria he finds a place he doesn't recognize. While trying to rekindle old relationships, he roams the city and stumbles upon the underground art scene: Hip-hop singers who perform on sidewalks, female rock musicians on rooftops, Skateboarders cruising all over the city, graffiti artists who confront the city with their shocking murals in the darkness of the night.

    Somewhere between fact and fiction, ‘Microphone' gives a vibrant image of a colorful music and art movement right before the outbreak of revolution. Winning numerous awards, 'Microphone' is a film not to miss!

    'Microphone' will be shown in the presence of director Ahmad Abdalla, who will also join us for the artist talk afterwards.

    With: Khaled Abol Naga, Yousra El Lozy, Ahmed Magdy, Hany Adel
    Language: Arabic with English subtitles
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Watch trailer here

  • February 10: Sonny Boy
    Maria Peters – Netherlands – 2011

    Sonny Boy is a love story as impossible as Romeo and Juliette's. The film is based on a book with the same title by Annejet van der Zijl (2004), who in turn based her story on true events.

    When Waldemar (a young Surinam) decides to travel to the Netherlands to study, he is met with racism and strange looks. Soon he meets Rika who is renting out a room in her house. Rika has run away from her husband with her four children. An impossible love is growing between the two. The neighborhood disapproves of their relationship, as does her and his family. And when the Second World War starts, their relationship is also in danger of institutionalized racism during the German occupation.

    The film was a huge success in the Netherlands and won both the Golden Film and Platina Film prize at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2011.

    With: Sergio Hasselbaink, Ricky Koole
    Language: Dutch, German (with English subtitles)
    Duration: 130 minutes
    Watch trailer here.
  • February 17: NVIC Women's Shorts!

    During the past NVICinema seasons, we screened a lot of interesting shorts and work of young, independent filmmakers. Strangely enough almost none of them where women. Obviously, this had to change.

    During this short movie night, you'll only see the work of female directors. Nadine Salib, Nada Zatouna, Mona Lotfy and Noha El Meadawy are all very different in their way of making films - be it fiction or documentary or something in between – but they are all amazing films by amazing directors.

    The shorts are screened in the presence of all the directors who will join us for the artist talk afterwards in which you can share your opinion and ask  questions to the directors in person.

    All shorts in Arabic with English subtitles.

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