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Art Alert: Cairo screening of The Lives of Others, with critical discussion

The film won over 70 awards, and was nominated for tens of others

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Feb 2017
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The Lives of Others (Photo: Still from the film)
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The award-winning German film The Lives of Others will screen at Mohamed Mahmoud palace on 25 February, followed by a discussion with film critic Omnia Adel Hassan.

The Lives of Others is a 2006 drama that won an Oscar for best Foreign Language Film, won tens of other awards and nominations.

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the film is set in east Berlin in 1984, and follows an agent of the secret police who conducts surveillance on a writer and his lover, and finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

"The film follows the intellectual scene in East Germany and the relationship between artists and those in power. Political leaders often attempt to silence certain artists and give space and resources to more favoured ones," wrote Adham Youssef in his review for Ahram Online.

The Lives of Others was screened in Egypt at last year’s Panorama of The European Film, in the Urban Lens: Spotlight on Berlin section.

Hassan is a graduate the Faculty of Arts and Literature, drama and criticism section. She previously worked as a radio presenter at Radio Misr, and is currently a film critic at El-Bayan newspaper that is based in the United Arab Emirates.

Programme:
Thursday 25 February, at 5pm
Mohamed Mahmoud Palace, 22 Sheikh Rihan street, Downtown, Cairo

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