The ACC will also be launching the 18th issue of its Arab Cinema Magazine during the activities of the Berlinale.
For the ninth consecutive year, the Arab Cinema Center has participated in the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), which will run until February 26, 2023
Under the umbrella of the Arab Cinema Center, 10 partners including film organisationsand other international film festivals have participated in the festival.
Additionally, the ACC will participate in the Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM).
The Arab Cinema Center’s booth is located in Stand No. 136 of the Marriott Hotel.
ACC partners at the Berlinale this year include Arab Cinema in Sweden (Sweden), Beirut Cinema Platform (Lebanon), Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt), European Film Promotion (France), Festival Scope (digital partner), Film Clinic (Egypt), FilmLab: Palestine, Gemini Africa (Egypt), IEFTA, IEFTA (France), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE, Lisbon), Malmo Arab Film Festival (Sweden), Neom (industry partner), Rowad Media (Saudi Arabia), Telescope (US), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), The Hollywood Reporter (media partner), and The Film Verdict (reviews partner).
The ACC will also be launching the 18th issue of its Arab Cinema Magazine during the activities of the Berlinale. The issue is expected to feature an introduction to the 28 newest members of the voting committee for the Critics Awards for Arab Films, which debuted in 2017 at the Cannes International Film Festival and includes 191 critics from 72 countries worldwide.
Moreover, the issue will be picking up where it left off in terms of celebrating Palestinian cinema and influential Arab female filmmakers, and shedding light on significant Arab films featuring in international festivals in the 2023 winter festival run (Berlin, Rotterdam, and Sundance), as well as a statistical report on the Arab film industry’s developments over the last five years in terms of revenues, box office, theaters, film production, and paid platforms.
Meanwhile, 11 Arab films will be competing in various categories and competitions in this year’s Berlinale, including Amr Gamal’s The Burdened; Heba Khaled, Talal Derki, and Ali Wajeeh’s Under the Sky of Damascus; Antoine Bourges’s Concrete Valley; Walid Raad’s Comrade Leader, How nice to See You; Jasmina Metwaly and Alaa Abdulatif’s On this Shore, Here; Michelle and Noel Keserwany’s Les Chenilles, Assem Hendawi’s Simia: Stratagem for Undestining; Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s The Temple Woods Gang; Yazan Rabee’s Back; Tamer El-Said’s Borrowing a Family Album; and Lea Najjar’s Kash Kash.
Eight Arab filmmakers will also be taking part in the Berlin Talents Programme, which are Adolf El-Assal (Egypt), Sameh Alaa (Egypt), Kesmat El-Sayed (Egypt), Zoulikha Tahar (Algeria), Ali Kareem (Iraq), Bilal Athimni (Tunisia), Samer Bisharat (Palestine), and Tariq Abdalla (Egypt).
Finally, the FIPRESCI’s jury will include the film critics Hosam Fahmy (Egypt) and Mohammed Rouda (Lebanon). Ayten Amin will also serve on the jury for the GWFF Best First Feature Award.