The various sidebars of the fest have made up for this omission, featuring ten pan-Arab films mostly by second-generation French Arabs. Heading the Arab delegation in Cannes this year is Egyptian filmmaker Mohammed Diab's Clash ; a multi-character drama set entirely in a police car following the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt. In the Director' Forthnight sidebar, French-Moroccan director Houda Benyamina weaves a comic drama about an indomitable young female drug dealer inhabiting a French Muslim suburb in Divines ; while French-Algerian actor-turned-filmmaker Rachid Djaidani follows his acclaimed drama Hold Back with Tour de France, a film about a young Arab rapper who forms a bond with his French swimming teacher. In the Critics' Week section, Lebanese filmmaker Vatche Boulghourjian presents his debut feature Tramontane , a road movie about a blind musician travelling rural Lebanon in search of his lost birth record. Cannes is following the footsteps of the Berlinale in focusing on Arab stories, a gesture seen by observers as acknowledgment of the growing prominence of Arab cinema, which is finally coming of age. The following is a top ten list of the best Arab movies screened at Cannes, which range in themes, aesthetics, and narratives. It a startlingly diverse group of hidden masterpieces waiting to be discovered, which represent an entry point into a vast, rich and largely unclassifiable cinema. The great Egyptian master of female-led melodramas made his sole Cannes appearance with this gut-wrenching, unflinching morality tale about an overpowered, shame-stricken peasant who gets raped and is consequently forced to hide her pregnancy from her condemnatory town folks. The Sin or El Haram in Arabic is that rare Egyptian drama that marries intense sentiment with high artistry and piercing social commentary. Veteran Tunisian director Bouzid put Tunisian cinema on the map with his hugely controversial debut about a young carpenter whose life and impending marriage are tainted by his molestation by his former boss.
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Filmed in the style of such Hollywood action classics as Bullitt and The French Connection, the first image we see in Wolves Don't Eat Meat is through the scope of a rooftop sniper's rifle Director: Samir A. Votes: After studying literature at Cairo University, Dunia, 23 years old, wants to become a professional dancer. She attends audition for an oriental dance contest where she recites Arabian Set against the backdrop of the Six-Day War, the movie adaptation of Naguib Mahfouz's novel follows the escapist, drug-fuelled riverboat meetings of a group of frustrated Egyptians from various walks of life.
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