Afghanistan TV Goes Indie in SXSW Selected THE NETWORK

Soon to debut at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, The Network documents the creation of the first independent television network in Afghanistan. Eva Orner, an award-winning Australian producer, makes her directorial debut with the documentary. The festival describes... More »
  

Review: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE Casts A Mysterious, Unsettling Spell In Tokyo

Like Someone in Love, the gorgeous, deeply mysterious and unsettling new film by Abbas Kiarostami, continues his return to narrative filmmaking, which began with Certified Copy, the Italy-set feature that marked his first outside his native Iran. Kiarostami's latest, which... More »
  

Watch This: Dan Sachar's Sci-Fi Short OVERTURE

We here at Twitch are fans of Israeli filmmaker Dan Sachar. Big fans. Speaking for myself, his last effort Overture was the best overall short film I saw in 2011, and truth be told it's up there for shorts in... More »
  

Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012: Wrap Up, Highlights and Impressions

The 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival wrapped up proceedings on Saturday night, bringing to an end an enthralling eight day celebration of World Cinema, including an impressive selection of films from the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region, and... More »
  

DTFF 2012: THE REPENTANT, HORSES OF GOD and THE LEBANESE ROCKET SOCIETY Win Top Awards

Last night, the winners of the Arab Film Competition and the Audience Awards were announced at the 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival, with a total of ten different awards up for grabs, in Feature, Short Film and Documentary categories.Merzak Allouache's... More »
  

Review: HABIBI Is An Earnest If Familiar Love Story

Susan Youssef's first feature Habibi is an earnest if not entirely impressive tale of forbidden love set in Israeli-occupied Palestine. While the film does stir and touch at appropriate moments, the threads of a tried-and-true narrative ultimately fail to come... More »
  

Tel-Aviv International Fantastic Festival Announces Winners

The 2012 Tel-Aviv International Festival for Science-Fiction, Imagination and the Future (IconTLV), aka Israel's International Fantastic Film Festival has announced their winners. Along with prizes in their International Competition for two fest favorites, the festival also awarded a Special Project... More »
  

We Now Have a FORUM Again, Ho Ho Hooo!

A few weeks back Twitch closed down its old forum, creating a new one in its place. And here it is: at the top right of the Twitch Facebook page. Just hit the "TTF" button. Why the move to Facebook?... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Telluride 2012 Review: THE ATTACK Pierces Middle-Eastern Conflicts

The complicated situation in Israel, with its uneasy peace and frequent bursts of non-peace between Jews and Arabs, has given rise to numerous compelling stories, and will no doubt continue to do so for as long as there is conflict... More »
  

MIFF 2012: The Dark Side of Cinema

The internet is buzzing right now with thoughts on the 61st Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), one of the biggest and oldest film festivals in the world. Many thought provoking and hype-fused articles have surfaced with the official public availability of... More »
  

TOPAZ DUO's Musical Frequencies Are Calculated To Bring You Fun And Happiness!

Got a problem with space demons? Call combination lounge singers / Cosmic Exorcists Topaz Duo! Their musical frequencies are calculated to bring you fun and happiness!A cult musical scifi adventure produced in Qatar, we brought the first teaser for this... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: FOOTNOTE achieves moving feats of note

What is it to love your enemy? That's not a question I hear very often at the movies. That's a question I hear at church. It's been said that the two, movie going and church going, aren't as different as... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Dallas IFF Artistic Director James Faust Offers Up 10 Picks For Twitch Readers

The Dallas International Film Festival is mere days away, and I've been slacking in my duty to inform you all of the great films playing here in my city.  Several of the films I've had the opportunity to see either... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Brace Yourselves For The World's First Arab SciFi Comedy Musical

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Topaz Duo. Lounge singers and Quantum Exorcists they battle evil intergalactic forces with their customized musical weaponry and - of course - love.The first screen battle for these would-be saviors of Earth - or... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Series Preview: New Directors/New Films Offers Up a Feast of Fresh Cinematic Treats

2012 marks the 41st year in which The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art present to New York City audiences an intriguing and exciting new set of films and filmmakers from across the globe in... More »
  

Series Preview: Nina Menkes Retro at New York's Anthology Film Archives

"It took me a long time to understand my own film." That's writer-director Nina Menkes on what may be her best known work, The Bloody Child (1996). To say that it uses reverse-chronology to tell the based-on-true-events tale of a... More »
  

NYC Happenings: Hong Sang-soo At MoMI And Asghar Farhadi At FSLC

In addition to some of the films playing this year's New Directors/New Films -- running March 21st - April 1st at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA (keep an eye out for Twitch's coverage) -- springtime in NYC... More »
  

THIS IS NOT A FILM Review

This is Not a Film is not a film. Not in a conventional sense anyway. Rather, it's a 75-minute documentation of an idling film director who has been banned from filmmaking, screenwriting, leaving the country and giving interviews for... More »
  

US Trailer For Iranian Director Jafar Panahi's THIS IS NOT A FILM

Director Jafar Panahi is a key figure in Iranian cinema, having made some amazing films during his career like THE WHITE BALLOON and THE CIRCLE. Sadly he was banned from making films for 20 years and placed under house arrest... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Watch The Sales Trailer For Tobe Hooper's DJINN

Just days after the first images from Tobe Hooper's Djinn first surfaced along with rumors that the film was being buried at the behest of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates - rumors since denied by producers Imagenation... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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