Film and talk by Hala Elkoussy

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Film screening Cactus Flower and research conversation with artist / director Hala Elkoussy

“Balancing magical realism with wistful drama,” this is how Mark Adams characterized the poetic and hopeful debut feature film Cactus Flower of visual artist Hala Elkoussy in the Screen Daily. The film tells the story of three women who, due to an unfortunate combination of circumstances, become homeless and roam around in Cairo. The screening of Cactus Flower in Cinema of the Dam’ed will be followed by a conversation with Hala Elkoussy moderated by curator / art historian Arnisa Zeqo. Elkoussy will speak about filmmaking at the intersection of art and cinema and her research for her new feature film East of Noon.

Elkoussy (1974) grew up in Cairo, Egypt. She studied at Goldsmiths in London and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2005 to 2006. Since then she lives in the Netherlands. She has made several short films that have been shown in museums, exhibitions and at biennials worldwide and at film festivals. Elkoussy’s work is included in the collections of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Tate Modern, among others. Her debut film Cactus Flower premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2017 and won various prizes at international festivals, including the Best Actress Award during the Dubai International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Aswan International Women Film Festival 2018.

Organized by VRIZA and Cinema of the Dam’d
Location: Cinema of the Dam’d, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam
Language: English
Date: January 22, 2020
Start: 7:30 pm
Costs: 5 euro

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Filmvertoning Cactus Flower en nagesprek met regisseur Hala Elkoussy

“Balancing magical realism with wistful drama”, zo typeerde Mark Adams in de Screen Daily de poëtische en hoopvolle debuutfilm Cactus Flower van kunstenaar Hala Elkoussy. De film vertelt het verhaal van drie vrouwen die door een ongelukkige samenloop van omstandigheden dakloos worden en rondzwerven in Caïro.

Na de filmvertoning van Cactus Flower in Cinema of the Dam’d zal Hala Elkoussy vertellen over haar praktijk van filmmaken op de grens van kunst en cinema en over het onderzoek voor haar nieuwe speelfilm East of Noon. Het gesprek wordt gemodereerd door curator / kunsthistorica Arnisa Zeqo.

Elkoussy (1974) groeide op in Caïro, Egypte. Ze studeerde aan Goldsmiths in London en was van 2005 tot 2006 resident bij de Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Sindsdien woont ze in Nederland.
Elkoussy maakte diverse korte films die werden vertoond in musea, tentoonstellingen, op biënnales en op filmfestivals. Werk van Elkoussy bevindt zich in de collecties van onder meer Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam en Tate Modern. Haar debuutfilm Cactus Flower ging in 2017 in première op het International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) en won diverse prijzen op internationale festivals, waaronder de Best Actress Award tijdens het Dubai International Film Festival en de Special Jury Award in het Aswan International Women Film Festival 2018.

Dit event wordt georganiseerd door VRIZA en Cinema of the Dam’d.

Locatie: Cinema of the Dam’d, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam
Voertaal: Engels
Datum: 22 januari 2020
Aanvang: 19:30 uur
Kosten: 5 euro

Het onderzoek voor East of Noon is ondersteund door AFK en Mondriaan Fonds.

  

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