Arab Film News Digest: 18-24 May 2013 – The debut screening of Omar, Hany Abu-Assad’s Cannes 2013 prix un certain regard entry, all considered, could be one of the biggest film stories of the Festival. Following on from the Palestinian director’s 2005 Paradise Now movie about suicide bombers, Omar is a story of two lovers torn apart by West Bank power struggles starring Adam Bakri and Leem Lubany. Omar was not the only movie to receive a standing ovation from the Cannes audience. However, the audience reaction to the film was in stark contrast to both the booing that greeted Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling and the lukewarm reception that Festival’s opening night film, The Great Gatsby, received.
Read more about Omar and other Arab movie news from Cannes in the current issue of Arab Film News Digest, plus coverage on the announcements made by the Gulf’s various film boards, new film festivals in Qatar and the UAE, not to mention news of the Maroun Baghdadi DVD box-set!