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Current Arab cinema

From February 01, 2019 until March 01, 2019Check schedules and conditions for entry.
MADRID AND CORDOBA
Casa Árabe Auditoriums. Check schedules and conditions for entry.
Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.

At its headquarters in Madrid (February) and Cordoba (February and March), Casa Árabe is showing this series of films, which includes three which just recently received international awards: Razzia, The Nile Hilton Incident and Of Fathers and Sons: The sons of jihad

The three feature films have also been shown extensively at festivals, film competitions and in commercial cinemas.

Razzia is the latest work by Nabil Ayouch, a producer, screenwriter and director from Morocco, known worldwide for his films like Ali Zaoua, Prince of the Streets, Whatever Lola Wants, God’s Horses, or her prior film, Much Love (2015), an award-winner at Cannes, though it was prohibited in Morocco.According to the director himself, the experience of social and religious intolerance lived first-hand was the driving force behind Razzia, a choral portrayal of four individuals who must deal with a society that doesn’t allow them to live according to their wants or identities.

Tarik Saleh, a notable director and producer of Egyptian origin born in Sweden, has managed in The Nile Hilton Incident to shift masterfully between the classical thriller and film that discusses political affairs. Considered the best “film noir” movie of the year, it earned awards at the Sundance Film Festival and was the big winner at the 62nd edition of SEMINCI, the International Week of Film in Valladolid.  The story of The Nile Hilton Incident was inspired by the real case of the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim in 2008, in which a high-ranking member of Egypt’s Parliament and the owner of one of the most important business groups in the Middle East was implicated. It is a harrowing story of killing and corruption that took place in 2011 Egypt with the Arab Spring as a backdrop.

In order to make the disturbing documentary Of Fathers and Sons: The sons of jihad, Talal Derki, the director of Return to Homs (2014), returns to his homeland to live for two years with the family of Abu Osama, a member of the group Al-Nusra, a branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria. While there he witnesses how his sons are trained from an early age to become soldiers in the jihad. From the inside, we discover what it means to grow up with a father who deeply believes in a society that lives under Shari’a law. After winning awards such as the Grand Jury Prize at the latest edition of the Sundance Festival, Talal Derki now wins us over with a story that uses the daily lives of two boys to understand the complexity and tragedy of the conflict Syria is living through right now. It is a personal journey through a devastated country.

Film series information sheet in Madrid and  in Cordoba
Current Arab cinema
  • Razzia, by Nabil Ayouch

    February 01, 20197:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this website up to the day of the event at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film is shown. Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    First screening in the series on current Arab cinema which Casa Árabe is holding at its Madrid headquarters in the month of February. Tickets are now on sale.
    Razzia, by Nabil Ayouch (France, Morocco and Belgium, 2017, 119 min.) Fiction

    Casablanca, Morocco: vibrant but gritty, appealing but relentless. Four individuals who do not know each other but share a common desire for freedom chase their dreams for thirty years after a passionate master in the Atlas Mountains was forced to give up his language...

    Film series information sheet in Madrid

  • The Nile Hilton Incident, by Tarik Saleh 

    February 08, 20197:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this website up to the day of the event at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film is shown. Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Like every Friday, a new film will be screened at the headquarters of Casa Árabe in Madrid. On this occasion, it is a powerful story about murder and corruption in year 2011 Egypt, with the Arab Spring as a backdrop.
    The Nile Hilton Incident by Tarik Saleh
    (Sweden, Denmark and Germany, 2017, 116 min.) Fiction

    Noredin, a police officer in Cairo, is responsible for investigating the case of a famous singer’s murder in a hotel room. He soon discovers that what seems to be a commonplace crime hides terrible implications for the untouchable elite running the country, completely shielded from the country’s justice system.

    Film series information sheet in Madrid
  • Razzia, by Nabil Ayouch 

    February 08, 20198:00 p.m.
    CÓRDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    On Friday, February 8, the first screening in our film series on current Arab cinema will be taking place in Cordoba, with this fictional feature film by Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch.
    Razzia, by Nabil Ayouch (France, Morocco and Belgium, 2017, 119 min.) Fiction

    Casablanca, Morocco: vibrant but gritty, appealing but relentless. Four individuals who do not know each other but share a common desire for freedom chase their dreams for thirty years after a passionate master in the Atlas Mountains was forced to give up his language...

    Film series information sheet for Cordoba
  • Of Fathers and sons, by Talal Derki 

    February 15, 20197:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this website up to the day of the event at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film is shown. Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Through the everyday lives of two boys, this story allows us to understand the complexity and tragedy of the conflict that Syria is enduring right now.
    Of Fathers and sons, by Talal Derki (Germany, Lebanon, Qatar and Syria, 2017, 98 minutes) Documentary

    Osama and Ayman worship and admire their father and obey his every word, but while Osama seems to be following the path of jihad, Ayman wants to return to school.. Abu Osama, though a specialist in bombs and mines, is also a father who takes care of his sons and loves them.

    Film series information sheet in Madrid
  • Razzia, by Nabil Ayouch

    February 22, 20197:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this website up to the day of the event at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film is shown. Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Your second chance to see this fictional film in Madrid, directed by Nabil Ayouch, showing the lives of four strangers who all share a desire for freedom.
    Razzia, by Nabil Ayouch (France, Morocco and Belgium, 2017, 119 min.) Fiction

    Casablanca, Morocco: vibrant but gritty, appealing but relentless. Four individuals who do not know each other but share a common desire for freedom chase their dreams for thirty years after a passionate master in the Atlas Mountains was forced to give up his language...

    Film series information sheet in Madrid
  • The Nile Hilton Incident

    February 22, 20198:00 p.m.
    CÓRDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    This movie by Tarik Saleh, filmed in 2017, is the second of the screenings that we will be holding at our headquarters in Cordoba, as part of the film series on current Arab cinema. It will be taking place on February 22.
    The Nile Hilton Incident, by Tarik Saleh (Sweden, Denmark, Germany, 2017, 116 min.) Fiction

    Noredin, a police officer in Cairo, is responsible for investigating the case of a famous singer’s murder in a hotel room. He soon discovers that what seems to be a commonplace crime hides terrible implications for the untouchable elite running the country, completely shielded from the country’s justice system.

    Film series information sheet for Cordoba
  • Of Fathers and Sons

    March 08, 20198:00 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    This screening of a documentary by Talal Derki brings the film series on current Arab cinema to a close in Cordoba.
    Of Fathers and Sons, by Talal Derki (Germany, Lebanon, Qatar and Syria. 2017, 98 minutes) Documentary

    Osama and Ayman worship and admire their father and obey his every word, but while Osama seems to be following the path of jihad, Ayman wants to return to school. Abu Osama, though a specialist in bombs and mines, is also a father who takes care of his sons and loves them.

    Film series information sheet for Cordoba