When a great filmmaker introduces you to the director of a film he's produced, you can't help but be intrigued.
This week, Nabil Ayouch, the director of "Horses of God" has brought such talent to our attention: Maryam Touzani - a fellow Moroccan filmmaker.
We are looking forward to screening her 18 minute short "When They Slept", a reflection about death tonight.
In the film, Sara, a sensitive and mischievous eight year old, lets neither death nor tradition come between her and her grandfather.
The film won Best Film in the Short Film category at the 2012 Festival of Sebou, and the Special Jury Award at the 2012 Huesca International Film Festival.
A few minutes into yesterday's screening of Nour-eddine Lakhmari's movie, Zero, the theater started buzzing. The subtitles were French. The characters, wandering on the streets of Casablanca spoke Arabic! Even the most enthused viewers could not help but grumble. The weather outside was gorgeous and they had in some cases driven a long way to come catch this special ANA pick.
Obviously, that's the kind of hiccup that nobody wants to see happen.
A wrong print sent by a distributor made it through the system. The print had come from New York City. Nobody ever imagined it could be anything but English subtitles.
Mistakes happen. And we are extremely sorry for this one.
Thank you to those who decided to stick it out. Sorry to those who came but left, rightfully frustrated. The Burns offered free tickets to all of the people who had come and were leaving disappointed. Thanks for your understanding. We promise it will never happen again.
One of the pleasure of partnering with the Jacob Burns is that we get to hang out in the quaint village of Pleasantville, NY.
If the Indian restaurant, Bollywood, closed, it's been replaced by Bhog Indian, already a local favorite. Pony Express, one of my personal fave, also on Wheeler Street, has moved across the street. Another Asian, Miyabi, has also opened on Wheeler since we last visited. Across from the train station, you'll still find the Diner, Starbucks and a bit further, a new discovery, Batonnage, a wine bar.
For even more infos, you can go back to last year's blog entry.
A beautiful rhythmic cocktail of Andalusian, Berber, Arabic, and Flamenco traditions, chaabi music was the heart and soul of cosmopolitan Algiers in the 1940s. When the war of independence tore apart the peaceful Muslim and Jewish communities that came together to play this joyful, sometimes scandalous music, its greatest practitioners were flung back to France or scattered across an austere and increasingly authoritative Algeria.