"Zero Dark Thirty", Kathryn Bigelow’s devastating new film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has been accused of celebrating torture, but those claims miss the point. FRANCE 24 film critic Jon Frosch takes a closer look.
What do the films "Star Wars", "Gladiator", "Sex in the City 2", "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" have in common? They were all filmed in Morocco. Eve Jackson visits the country battling to put itself on the movie map.
‘Lincoln,’ the tale of US President Abraham Lincoln’s battle to end slavery, ruled at the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday with 7 nominations, while a very different movie take on slavery - “Django Unchained” - got five.
A zombie movie shot in the world’s largest particle physics laboratory deep underneath the French-Swiss border has become an online hit. Bosses at the Cern centre, where scientists discovered the God particle, have not endorsed the film, however.
The first lengthy installment in Peter Jackson's screen trilogy "The Hobbit" will be of middling interest to viewers not already taken with Middle Earth. Our film critic Lisa Nesselson suggests two animated features instead.
It has always been a strict city for bar and nightclub licensing, but now more so than ever. Five bars in central Paris have been told to shut their doors for 10 days, sparking online debate between those seeking quiet in their neighbourhoods and those deploring over-strict policing of nightlife venues. Also, Gérard Depardieu's suspected tax evasion in Belgium, and a new twist in the UMP leadership battle.
Tunisia's biggest unions spearhead protests against the Islamist-led government. A general strike has been called for December 13th. Next, human rights activists are pushing for faster action in tackling the dangers faced by child workers in Morocco. Finally, the force was definitely with a group of die-hard Star Wars fans who headed out into the Tunisian desert to breathe fresh life into Luke Skywalker's home.
Japanese whale hunters are preparing for another controversial hunting season, but back home their catch is largely off the menu. Next, India stands by its steel tycoon as Lakshmi Mittal comes under fire in France. Finally, New Zealand hopes Hobbit mania will rub off on the country's crisis-hit tourist industry.
Known for such films as "Point Blank" and "Deliverance", Oscar-nominated director John Boorman is head of the jury at this year’s Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco. Speaking to FRANCE 24’s Eve Jackson, Boorman describes what it is like to be involved in what is considered one of North Africa’s most important festivals.