As a part-Brit I feel I have a fairly close relationship with rain; I know what it looks and feels like. But this year, Cannes delivered a day of monsoon weather like nothing I have seen before. I thought I had drowned on the Croisette. Still I know, and you know, that it’s hard to be sympathetic with someone whose work is based in the south of France for a few days so best we move on to talk about the films instead. In our pursuit to find great films directed by women, the first stop was Un Certain Regard where we saw Grand Central, the second feature by Rebecca Zlotowski. Read the full story
After the success of her BAFTA nominated feature debut Brick Lane, Sarah Gavron returns with an extraordinarily rare and beautiful portrait of a Village at the End of the World. Documenting the growing day-to-day pressures on one of the world’s most remote communities – a village of just 59 in rural Greenland; frozen over and veiled in darkness for half of the year – this film gives us a sincere, gently moving snapshot of a world very far from our own. Read the full story
At a time when all most people have to go on when understanding life in Iran is Ben Affleck‘s Argo (filmed in Turkey by the way), Tina Gharavi‘s I Am Nasrine is indeed, as Sir Ben Kingsley put it, “an important and much needed film.” This was happily recognised last year when the film bagged a BAFTA nomination – something that has set Gharavi on quite a different path than the one she’d been expecting.
BEVer Emily Vermont caught up with Tina to find out more about the making of this brave and ambitious film, the real situation in Iran and what she’s learned in the process of making it. Read the full story
Thanks to all the fantastic audiences at BEV2013, and a little helping hand from the scrumptious and positively guilt-free Conscious Chocolates, we’ve been able to compile a pretty cool set of stats to give you an idea of this year’s demographics. Click the image and zoom in to get all the details – we’re feeling pleasantly surprised and rather proud of some of these figures! Now bring on 2014…
Day Two of the Festival started bright and early as our international delegates – directors, writers and producers from across the MENA region – began their two-day series of workshops and events. Round table discussions and lunch at Coutts Bank were followed by a seminar on international producing with the British Council’s Rachel Robey and a debate on women in film hosted by MoFilm – huge thanks to them all for their support with the delegates programme.
The 2013 Birds Eye View Film Festival kicked off in star-studded, sold-out style – and with a bright message of hope – at BFI Southbank last night with the UK Premiere of WHEN I SAW YOU by Annemarie Jacir, Palestine’s first female film director. With the Festival hype getting dangerously overheated with previews on the BBC, CNN, ITV and Radio 4, it was great to finally get cracking! Read the full story