Carte Blanche: Egyptian Directors' Selection

Ahram Online, Thursday 6 Nov 2014

Carte Blanche

Three films in this year's Panorama of the European Film chosen by Egyptian directors Yousry Nasrallah, Nadine Khan and Ahmed Abdalla

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups) – Nadine Khan's selected titles

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart Antoine Doinel (JP Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers and petty crime. – Criterion Collection

Country: France
Year: 1959
Director: François Truffaut
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Remy, Claire Maurier
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 99min
Language: French
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Best Director – Cannes IFF 1959
Nominated Best Screenplay – Academy Awards 1960
Bodil Award for Best Non American Film – Bodil Award 1960

Les Quatre Cents Coups


Gertrud – Yousry Nasrallah's selected title

In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson. When he also fails to live up to her idealistic standards, she leaves him and imposes on herself a kind of exile of the heart. – Indiewire

Country: Denmark
Year: 1964
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring: Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 119 min
Language: Danish
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Best Film – Bodil Awards 1965
FIPRESCI Prize – Venice IFF 1965



The Turin Horse: A torinóiló

In Turin in 1889, Nietzsche comes to aid an exhausted carriage horse, flinging his arms around it to put an end to a brutal scene. He loses consciousness as well as his mind and ends up living for another 10 years in silence and dementia, cared for by his mother and sisters. We do not know what happens to the horse.

Country: Hungary
Year: 2011
Director: BelaTarr
Starring: Erika Bok, János Derzsi, Mihaly Kormos
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 146min
Language: Hungarian
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Silver Bear and FIPRESCI Prize – Berlin IFF 2011
Masters – Toronto IFF 2011
FIPRESCI Prize - Palm Springs IFF 2012

The Turin Horse


All data is provided by the Panorama of the European Film


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