Cinema

More diversity among Oscar nominations after furore

Seven of 20 actors nominated for an Academy Award are not white, compared to previous years which had no representation.

Arts & Culture

Egyptian film provokes outcry over religion and state

'The Preacher' tackles complex relationship between clerics and government, and some are calling for it to be banned.

Cinema

Bollywood star Om Puri dies after cardiac arrest

Indian cinema icon who acted for more than 40 years dies at 66 after suffering a heart attack in Mumbai.

Cinema

Are the Chinese insatiable romantics?

A look at the rise and popularity of Chinese romantic comedies.

Cinema

Zombies: The film genre that won't die

Is the 21st-century zombie a projection of what we fear the pressures of modern life are turning us into?

Arts & Culture

Brangelina: What's the big deal?

In a deeply and wildly commercialised culture, the private lives of Hollywood stars are public property.

by Hamid Dabashi

Arts & Culture

An 'Arab' in Hollywood

The rich milieu of groups native to the Middle East has no place in codified constructions of US race and ethnicity.

by Khaled A Beydoun

Arts & Culture

Russia seeks to preserve Soviet-era cinema classics

Soviet-era films, domestic and foreign, are all now being preserved as part of the former communist country's heritage.

Arts & Culture

Abbas Kiarostami: Close up, long shot, and cut!

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's camera made the foreign familiar by making the familiar foreign.

by Hamid Dabashi

Arts & Culture

The Hollywood bull enters Rumi's china shop

If Hollywood wants to turn to Rumi, may Rumi's blessings be on Hollywood.

by Hamid Dabashi

Politics

Hologram for a King might trigger US soul-searching

Is US self-perception as do-gooding global superhero starting to fade?

by Rachel Shabi

Arts & Culture

Left-wing UK director Ken Loach wins top Cannes prize

I, Daniel Blake, a story of a man's struggles within Britain's welfare system, wins filmmaker his second Palme D'Or.

Arts & Culture

The Oscars of world cinema

The three factors behind the success of the Cannes Film Festival.

by Marwan Bishara

Arts & Culture

Cannes welcomes Syrian refugee social media star

Mahmoud Bitar, who has hundreds of thousands of fans, participates in festival after a long journey from Aleppo.

Arts & Culture

As always, Cannes films reflect the times we live in

Intimacy meets politics at this year's film festival at Cannes.

by Agnes Poirier