Discovering the Best Arab Film of All Times, in Florence

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  • 17/04/2014

When the Dubai International Film Festival unveiled back in November its list of the “100 Best Arab Films of All Times” I was surprised to see ‘Al-Mummia’ (The Mummy) by Chadi Abdel Salam grab the coveted number one spot. Personally, I thought the position would belong to someone like Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, who has simply reinvented the seventh art as a whole, and turned the concept of world cinema upside down with his work. I secretly wondered how a film shot in 1969 Egypt could embody the same magic as Suleiman’s contemporary masterpieces, and rise to the top of the charts in a book aptly named ‘Cinema of Passion’. But of course, I hadn’t yet watched ‘The Mummy -- The Night of Counting the Years’. | read more »

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