There is no doubt about it: This year's Arabian Film Days was an unparalleled success. 2202 tickets sold, one very happy audience, outstanding movies and a brilliant party were all ingredients that made this year's perhaps the best edition of the festival so far.
The discovery of an extraordinary old movie film roll sheds new light on the Egyptian monarchy. Mahmoud Sabit, a relative of the royal family, is a fascinating storyteller whom we are extremely happy to have as our guest in this year's festival.
Arabian Filmdays presents one classic from the Middle East in its program every year. This year's classic is by many considered to be the best Arab movie of all time: Silence of the Palace. The director, Moufida Tlati, is one of the big pioneers in Arab cinema.
Meet Mahmoud Sabit – Egyptian historian and relative of the Egyptian royal family. Sabit is visiting the festival with the documentary In Search of Oil and Sand, where he himself has the leading role.
We are sad to announce that Ziad Doueiri is unfortunately not able to get here for the the screenings of The Attack during the Arabian Film Days 2013. Due to foggy weather conditions, his flight was delayed and his missed his connection. But we are able to have him with us live through Skype!
We are very excited to announce that this year's opening film at the Arabian Film Days is The Attack, by the Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri. A suggestive film that revolves around the Palestine/Israel conflict and terror, masterly combined with aspects of love. We are also happy to inform that Doueiri will be present at the Arabian Film Days and he will be joining in a discussion after the screening of his movie.
The Saudi-Arabian film Wadjda is launched for this year's Arabian Film Days. The festival expands with one extra day, and we promise a lot of highlights from The Arab world in Filmens Hus.