Documentary films from Syria and Egypt at Venice film festival

Ahram Online, Thursday 1 Sep 2011

The 68th edition of the Venice film festival, which opens on 31 August and continues through 10 September, is showcasing films from Syria and Egypt

Venice Film Festival

With the Arab world in political turmoil, several films will be screened that reflect upon the Arab Spring. Two documentary films from Syria and one from Egypt will be screened at this year's Venice film festival. All will be shown out of competition.

The Syrian films are made by the independent production company Abounaddara Films, which specialises in documentaries.

The first The Vanguard shows how the Baath ruling party in Syria infuses loyalty towards it in children from an early age, while The End reflects upon the Syrian uprising in three and a half hours of footage.

Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad and The Politician, relays three different aspects from Egypt’s revolution: the revolutionaries, the police and the politicians. The film is directed by three filmmakers, Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin and Amr Salama.

The Belgian film La Désintégration by Philipe Faucon, set in France, reflects upon the lives of Muslims and radical Islam.

The opening film, the thriller by George Clooney, The Ides of March also takes place amid a political backdrop.

According to Reuters this year’s highlights are Roman Polanski's "Carnage" and Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John Le Carre's Cold War thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

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