Omar El Zohairy

Torino Film Festival Mixes Militant Cinema With More Mainstream Movies

Italy’s Torino Film Festival, the pre-eminent event for young directors and indie cinema — now being revamped after going virtual due to the pandemic — will somewhat symbolically…

China’s Pingyao Film Festival Awards Final Prizes Amid Deadly Floods, Collapsed City Walls and Idol Fan Pandemonium

Deadly flooding did not divert this year’s Pingyao International Film Festival from running its full course, with the event drawing to a close Monday with an award ceremony…

China’s Pingyao Film Festival Kicks off Fifth Edition

China’s Pingyao International Film Festival got under way on Tuesday with the gala screening of Zhang Lu’s new drama film “Yanagawa.” The festival will unspool Oct. 12-19 with…

Michelangelo Frammartino’s Venice Prizewinner ‘Il Buco’ Seals U.S. Deal With Grasshopper, Gratitude (EXCLUSIVE)

New York-based distribution company Grasshopper Film and Gratitude Films have jointly acquired U.S. distribution rights to Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino’s Venice Special Jury Prize winner “Il Buco,” about a…

International Film Oscar Race Swings in Gear as Summer, Fall Festivals Unfold

So the world is on fire and a global pandemic well into its “my God, is this still happening?” phase rages on. Among the slightly less critical consequences…

‘Feathers’ Review: A Bone-Dry, Bitingly Absurdist Story of a Woman, a Chicken and the Subversion of Egyptian Patriarchy

It speaks volumes that we get to know the woman’s back, hunched over dishes or laundry, against cracked tiles rimmed in dirty grout, before we get a proper…