Arabian nights

ARABIAN NIGHT

From 21st to 24th February, the Lucerna Cinema in Prague will be screening a block of three remarkable film premieres with Middle-Eastern topics entitled Arabian Nights. The block will include the stirring Lebanese film Capharnaüm, the Egyptian film Yomeddine, and the French drama Girls of the Sun. 

All three films premiered successfully at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and were nominated for the Palme d’Or. In addition to receiving great acclaim, Capharnaüm was also awarded the Jury Prize, and the film was recently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

“Contemporary Arab cinema is more productive and interesting than many of the older European film industries. Its films are being screened at the most prestigious film festivals, it produces and coproduces dozens of films, it has its own agile production and festival centres, and contrary to all formal logic and our stereotypes it also includes many strong and outstanding female directors, producers, and actresses. We’ve prepared the Arabian Nights screening block to introduce these remarkable women,” explained Ivan Hronec, the Director of FilmEurope.

CAPHARNAÜM
Director:
Nadine Labaki
Capharnaüm tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who sues his parents for giving him life, and in doing so paints a powerful picture of what life is like for the poorest people living in the slums of today’s Lebanon. The film captivated viewers as well as film critics and all the jury members at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and due to its mix of realism and intense emotions, it is being compared to the famous Slumdog Millionaire. The film’s Lebanese director and screenwriter Nadine Labaki gives a tense and somewhat picaresque testimony about the extreme living conditions in her country as perceived by a child, but she never stoops to emotional blackmail and rather intentionally lightens the seemingly unwaveringly dismal tone of the story with gleams of joy and humour.

GIRLS OF THE SUN
Director: Eva Husson 
Somewhere in Kurdistan, Bahar, commander of the “Girls of the Sun” battalion, is preparing to liberate her hometown from the hands of extremists, hoping to find her son who is held hostage. A French journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the story of these exceptional warriors. Since their lives have been turned upside down, they have all been fighting for the same cause: Women, Life, Liberty.

YOMEDDINE
Director:
A. B. Shawky
Beshay - a man cured of leprosy - has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meagre possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity…

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Arabian nights: Capharnaüm

Capharnaüm tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who sues his parents for giving him life, and in doing so paints a powerful picture of what life is like for the poorest people living in the slums of today’s Lebanon. The film captivated viewers as well as film critics and all the jury members at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and due to its mix of realism and intense emotions, it is being compared to the famous Slumdog Millionaire. The film’s Lebanese director and screenwriter Nadine Labaki gives a tense and somewhat picaresque testimony about the extreme living conditions in her country as perceived by a child, but she never stoops to emotional blackmail and rather intentionally lightens the seemingly unwaveringly dismal tone of the story with gleams of joy and humour. Awards: CANNES 2018 / JURY PRICE ACADEMY AWARDS 2019 / NOMINATION – Best Foreign Language Film GOLDEN GLOBE 2019 / NOMINATION - Best Foreign Language Film Show more

2D CS CS/ES 15
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Arabian nights: Yomeddine

Beshay - a man cured of leprosy - has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meagre possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity… Awards: CANNES 2018 / Official Selection CANNES 2018 / François Chalais Award Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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Arabian nights: Girls of the sun

Somewhere in Kurdistan, Bahar, commander of the “Girls of the Sun” battalion, is preparing to liberate her hometown from the hands of extremists, hoping to find her son who is held hostage. A French journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the story of these exceptional warriors. Since their lives have been turned upside down, they have all been fighting for the same cause: Women, Life, Liberty. Awards: CANNES 2018 / Official Selection Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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Arabian nights: Yomeddine

Beshay - a man cured of leprosy - has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meagre possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity… Awards: CANNES 2018 / Official Selection CANNES 2018 / François Chalais Award Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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Arabian nights: Capharnaüm

Capharnaüm tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who sues his parents for giving him life, and in doing so paints a powerful picture of what life is like for the poorest people living in the slums of today’s Lebanon. The film captivated viewers as well as film critics and all the jury members at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and due to its mix of realism and intense emotions, it is being compared to the famous Slumdog Millionaire. The film’s Lebanese director and screenwriter Nadine Labaki gives a tense and somewhat picaresque testimony about the extreme living conditions in her country as perceived by a child, but she never stoops to emotional blackmail and rather intentionally lightens the seemingly unwaveringly dismal tone of the story with gleams of joy and humour. Awards: CANNES 2018 / JURY PRICE ACADEMY AWARDS 2019 / NOMINATION – Best Foreign Language Film GOLDEN GLOBE 2019 / NOMINATION - Best Foreign Language Film Show more

2D CS CS/ES 15
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24. 2. Sunday

139,00 19:00
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