June 26, 2019

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  • Debut novel breaks new ground

    BY YASMINE MOTAWY Ten years of studying comparative literature have turned me into a very critical reader. So when my friend Maha Ayoub gave me her self-published debut novel to read, I cringed. It spent Ramadan, Eid and a good part of September on my shelf collecting dust until the strangest series of events unfolded all in one week. I met people at a private garden where I spend my Friday mornings, friends at a funeral, and an acquaintance I rarely see, who all happened to tell me they had read “Magaret Elnour” (Galaxy of Light) and loved it. This did…

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    TransDance pushes the boundaries

    BY RACHEL ADAMS As the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly drafts the country’s new constitution, Egyptian artists are taking advantage of the hiatus by pushing the boundaries of what may become controversial in the future. TransDance is a festival not “of” dance, but “for” dance, and as director Adham Hafez explains, aims to push the boundaries in as many ways as it can. “This is the largest edition [of the festival] and so has the most experiments. My role was [to allow] for the artists to push beyond familiar ground.” Encompassing workshops, debates and performance, the festival takes place in venues as…

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    Reality bites in ‘Of Rust and Bone’

    BY WAFAA WALI Ali (Matthias Shoenaerts) is a single father in his twenties who moves to Antibe with his son to live with his sister and her husband. During a night shift as a bouncer in a club, he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a whale trainer, and takes her home after he helps her out of a fight. A few months later Stephanie loses her legs when a whale crashes into the stage during a public performance. Alone and depressed, she reaches out to Ali, who nonchalantly helps her restore some form of normality in her life. As both of…

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    Arab in NYC: Thomas Friedman spoofed

    BY ALI HAZZAH I was on my way from Tahrir Square — where I was searching for the Egyptian Nelson Mandela — to catch the next flight to JFK, when I suddenly realized I’d left my new iPhone5 behind in my luxury suite at the Nile Hotel. Normally, this would not have disturbed me in the least, since the NY Times buys me these iPhones like they’re going out of style, not to mention the sleek American Express Black Card I use to pay for my outrageous international roaming charges. But this particular iPhone was a special one given to…

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    Art through the cracks

    BY MARIAM HAMDY Mina Farouk’s “Unloaded”, showing until Oct. 11 at Cala Art Gallery, is impressive for a first-timer. The work is surprisingly mature and solid, for the most part. Essentially, Farouk’s first solo exhibit features cut out silhouettes of black card on a white background. Much like etching, but with paper cutouts rather than engraving on linoleum, each image slowly seeps through the cracks and cuts, making for beautiful Art Nouveau inspired pieces. Farouk’s larger works, with their gorgeous floral motifs, are breathtaking. His women are impossibly fit, beautifully adorned, ancient royalty. Awkwardly positioned bodies curve and twist to…

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    Facing death in ‘Three Worlds’

    BY CHITRA KALYANI The French film “Trois Mondes” (Three Worlds) revolves around a quote by Heidegger: “I can perform every act on your behalf, save one. I cannot die for you. And because everyone faces death alone, I can lay claim to my own life.”This direct correlation between life and death is complicated when one man is responsible for another man’s death. What happens then, is the question filmmaker Catherine Corsini seems to ask in “Trois Mondes”. This is the second Corsini film to have entered the Cannes Film Festival, whose production “La Répétition” entered Cannes in 2001. “Trois  Mondes”…

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    Counter culture and the Ganzeer virus

     BY RACHEL ADAMS I first met Mohamad Fahmy (aka Mofa, aka Ganzeer) in 2011 as he was developing a major city-wide mural project in Cairo, depicting large-scale portraits of those killed during the revolution. Described by The Guardian as “the major player in a flourishing counter culture art scene”, he was looking for “the right wall” on which to paint the face of a friend. Some of those portraits still watch over the city, in cheerful reds and yellows, tricking the eye into lingering longer on what are actually haunting visual reminders of a very recent past. Since then, as…

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    Arab in NYC: Hungry, foolish Arabs

    BY ALI HAZZAH “There is only one perfect crime: to be born an Arab.” Muhammed Al-Maghut The other night, I was sitting in an ahwa in Little Egypt, Astoria, with a group of nargeel-smoking older Palestinians. We were all watching a hungry and foolish looking kid from Ramallah put on an impromptu demo of the brand new Apple Maps application on his gleaming iPhone5. “Hoan!” he cried out, “Do you see this? Jerusalem is not listed as the capital of Israel!” He waved the new phone around for the old men to see. “And look at this world clock. The…

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    Loach’s ‘Angels’ will leave you in high spirits

    BY WAFAA WALI On the opening night of the 5th Panorama of European Film, the audience walked out of Ken Loach’s “The Angels’ Share” with a surprised grin on their faces. Loach’s lighthearted social-realism, infused with a touch of fantasy, begins with a young Robbie (Paul Brannigan) barely escaping a prison sentence, saved by the expected arrival of his newborn. During his 300 hours of community service his supervisor, Harry (John Henshow), becomes his patron. When Robbie’s girlfriend Leoni (Siobhan Reilly) is about to give birth, Harry goes with him to the hospital where he witnesses Leoni’s father and uncle…

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    5th Panorama of European Film, a rare treat

    BY ALI HAZZAH Despite the chatter in certain major international venues these past few years regarding the looming Death of Film, Cairenes are in for a rare treat: One of Egypt’s most anticipated cultural events, the 5th Panorama of European Film takes place from Oct. 3-9 at Galaxy in Manial and Stars Cinema at City Stars. This year’s offering includes a wide-ranging and extensively-curated slate of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation. Overall, I would characterize it as a mezze for sophisticated film palates, which intermixes comedies and serious films, some of which may be viewed as quite transgressive, from…

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