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  • Russian film turns classic author into sexy super-sleuth

    MOSCOW: A new Russian film aimed at a youth audience reinvents classic novelist Nikolai Gogol as a gothic-style detective who battles dark supernatural forces to solve a series of ritual murders...

    Critics have queried the lashings of eyeliner, plumped-up lips and lack of historical rigour, while the makers say the film will breathe new life into the 19th-century writer’s works for today’s school pupils...

  • Censor board prohibits Face Film Festival from screening another film

    ISLAMABAD: Another film that was to be screened at the Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education (Face) Film Festival 2016 was banned by the censor board for being ‘anti-state’...

    The festival was not allowed to screen Besieged in Quetta, a film by independent filmmaker Asef Ali Mohammad which shed light on the plight of the city’s Hazara population...

  • Israeli film pulled from Oslo film festival

    NEW YORK: A film by an Israeli filmmaker was pulled from an Oslo film festival on Thursday because it dealt with Israeli subject matter, but did not address the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the sufferings inflicted by Israel...

  • From film to fashion, Dubai bids to be creative capital for Arab world

    Dubai is launching a drive to become one of the Arab world’s top centres for art, design, film and fashion — areas that have traditionally been dominated by old Arab cities outside the Gulf...

    But executives see no contradiction; they argue that just as the emirate has attracted traders and bankers from the region by giving them an environment in which they can prosper, it can lure artists, designers and film makers...

  • Indian govt asks festival organisers to drop film on beef

    NEW DELHI: The organisers of an Indian film festival said on Friday the government had pressured them to drop a documentary on the beef industry, amid a heated debate about beef eating in the majority-Hindu country...

    Organisers said the documentary, called “Caste on the Menu Card”, was the sole film of 35 submitted to the Information and Broadcasting ministry they did not clear, ahead of the Friday opening of the Jeevika: Asia...

  • The Yellow Handkerchief enthrals audience at Japanese film festival

    KARACHI: The audience on the penultimate day of the Japanese Film Festival 2015 were taken on a journey of self-discovery with an unlikely trio, thrust together by happenstance, with the screening of The Yellow Handkerchief, a heart-warming tale that hit the right notes in the categories of drama, romance and comedy...

    The Japanese Film Festival 2015 ends on September 12; The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Three for the Road are set...

  • Jolie to direct Cambodian war film for Netflix

    LOS ANGELES: Actress-turned-director Angelina Jolie is to make a film about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime seen through the eyes of a war-scarred child for Netflix, the streaming giant said on Thursday...

    Jolie will direct and produce the film from a script she co-wrote with Ung...

  • Film-makers hope The Diary of Anne Frank warms mood on refugees

    BERLIN: Germany’s first feature-length biopic of Anne Frank premiered this week in Berlin, with the film about persecution against the teenage Jewish diarist carrying added meaning as Europe grapples with its biggest post-war refugee crisis...

    “If our film about the fate of a persecuted and destroyed Jewish family can contribute to a more positive attitude towards refugees, then we can all be proud,” he said about the family, most of...

  • i Spy: Pak short film at Cannes

    Good news folks! Finally a Pakistani film project, albeit a short one, is going to be screened at a festival that really matters...

    A film titled Baat Cheet has been invited to take part in the Short Film Corner at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival to be held next month...

  • Modi’s party comes under fire for demanding cuts in film

    NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party came under fire on Saturday for demanding cuts to an Indian film, claiming it showcased “anti-Modi hatred”...

    A scene in the Tamil-language film “Mersal” shows a character delivering a fiery monologue in which he attacks the government’s failure to provide free public healthcare despite charging a national goods and services tax (GST) of up to 28 per cent...

  • Aamir Khan says next film will be biggest yet

    SINGAPORE: Aamir Khan, the Bollywood superstar with a conscience, says his next movie about a small town teenage girl who uses the Internet to become a singing sensation will be much bigger than his last film, which was India’s highest grossing ever...

    Khan, 52, plays a sleazy music producer in the film “Secret Superstar” and says he is second lead to teenager Zaira Wasim, playing a schoolgirl who defies her conservative Muslim family...

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