International: Middle East

Lund Fantastic 2021 Review: IN THE SHADOWS, Resistance Grows

Erdem Tepegöz' science fiction mindfuck thriller In the Shadows has won awards in its home country of Turkey at several festivals, for best film, best director, best art direction and best music, and has received nominations aplenty in several other...

Now Streaming: COME FROM AWAY, THE DONUT KING, THE RABBI'S CAT

Singular visions from Canada (via Broadway), Cambodia (via U.S.) and Algeria (via France) explore terrorism, immigration and a talking cat.

Venice 2021 Review: REFLECTION, Resonant, Formalist Look at Russo-Ukrainian War

Akin to the works of Swedish master Roy Andersson, sans humor, combined with the gravitas and emotional punch of Andrey Zvyagintsev, the film is sort of a companion piece to 'Atlantis,' featuring truly impactful and impressive filmmaking.

Frontières 2021: A Survey of The Official Selection

Well, here we are again. From the comfort of our own home, we once again are ready to chime in on this year’s Frontieres Market and the multitude of projects looking for partnerships that will get their films made.   ...

Review: DACHRA, Pulsing With Dread in Tunisia

Aziz Jebali, Hela Ayed and Yassmine Dimassi star in a folk-horror picture from Tunisia, directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak.

Review: SCALES, A Fable of Sea Monsters in a Hostile Land

The most beautiful moonlight I've ever seen was in Sinai. I was at a small camp not far from Dahab, but far enough and so far from any large human settlement that there was no light pollution. It was a...

Review: THE ANTENNA Tunes In Surreal Horror Thrills

Gül Arici, Elif Cakman and Murat Saglam star in a horror thriller from Turkey, directed by Orcun Behram, now streaming on Shudder.

Review: THE PERFECT CANDIDATE, Woman Doctor Turned Politician

Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali and Nora Al Awad star in a finely-turned modern-day drama from Saudi Arabia, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour.

SCALES Trailer: Stunning Saudi Fable Heading to U.S. Cinemas in July

Shahad Ameen's debut feature film, the fable Scales, will open in cinemas in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, July 9th, with rollout to follow.    Variance Films is handling the release, written and directed by Ameen. Scales was...

Frontières 2021: Full Co-Production Lineup Announced For The August Event

Yes, we suppose it is that time of year again to start thinking about gearing up for this year's Frontières Market. Has it really been fourteen years? Alas, here we are and the market has announced the lineup of projects...

Another Gaze Presents Films by Palestinian Women, Online and Free

"The movies are like a machine that generates empathy", Roger Ebert once said. While I would argue that this applies to any art form, the ease with which movies travel has meant we have come to know and view the...

Review: 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS - LIVE ACTION, Fraught With Tension

All five titles nominated for Academy Award, Best Live Action Short, are included in the program, now playing in select theaters.

Berlinale 2021 Review: BALLAD OF A WHITE COW, State's Crime, Woman's Punishment

Iranian filmmakers Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha follow a widow's defiance in the shadow of the state's injustice in their latest socio-political drama.

Review: STRAY, Born to Be Wild

Elizabeth Lo's mesmerizing documentary follows dogs on the streets in Turkey. That's it, but it's more than enough.

LOBO FEROZ: Spanish Language Adaptation of BIG BAD WOLVES is Finally Underway

Production has finally begun on Lobo Feroz the Spanish language adaptation of the Israeli revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves. We shared the news with you about this adaptation back in May 2019, but you know, plague and pestilence got in...

Criterion in May 2021: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and Other Modern Cinema Classics

The shattering 'Nightmare Alley' is also heading out, along with 'Flowers of Shanghai,' 'Trances' and 'Merrily We Go to Hell.'

Now Streaming: LOSING ALICE, Puzzling Psychological Mysteries

Halfway through Sigal Avin's latest series from Israel, I still have no idea what to think. Ayulet Zurer, Lihi Kornowski, and Gal Toren star; now streaming on Apple TV+.

Rotterdam 2021 Trailer: THE CEMIL SHOW

Next week sees the start of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and a big party that should have been... if it weren't for the Covid-19 pandemic. As the single largest cultural event in the Netherlands, often...

Review: NOTTURNO Examines the Legacy of Colonialism in the Middle East

Gianfranco Rosi, the documentarian behind such astonishing work as Sacro GRA and Fire at Sea, returns with a biting and enormously affecting documentary on people living on the periphery of modern Middle-East conflicts. Culling from footage shot in Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon...

Review: REDEMPTION DAY, Husband to the Rescue

Gary Dourdan, Serina Swan, Ernie Hudson, Martin Donovan, and Andy Garcia star in the action drama, directed by Hicham Hajji.