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Toronto: The Cinematic City

The most populous city in Canada has appeared on-screen in many different ways over the years.Enemy (2013)

There are many ways in which cities are portrayed in cinema. Sometimes cities are anonymous and nameless, and sometimes cities become characters in the films they are portrayed in. Cities can be merely incidental settings, or the specific locations within a city can be incredibly important both narratively and visually. The people within a city tend to represent the place itself: how they act, how they dress, where they work, how they speak, and what they eat. All of these things can be related to the place they live. Cities are home to an infinite multitude of experiences — people from different places, with different families, different wants and desires and identities.

There are cities that are frequently remembered as being iconic within the world of cinema. Paris, Rome, New York, Venice, Chicago, and London have all received loving portraits in
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October Gale movie review: islands in the scream

It’s not very suspenseful or romantic, but the always awesome Patricia Clarkson remains calm and kicks some ass, so that’s something. I’m “biast” (pro): love Patricia Clarkson

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Well, it’s a different sort of damsel-in-distress flick, at least. It’s not very suspenseful or thrilling or exciting, and it’s entirely romantically inert, which is not what it intends, but hey, Patricia Clarkson (The Maze Runner) is as awesome as always. She is Helen, a doctor from Toronto who is spending some alone time at her remote lakeside cabin on an island reachable only by boat, still grieving for her husband (Callum Keith Rennie [Fifty Shades of Grey] in flashbacks) who died the year before. But there’s always a mysterious stranger! When William (Scott Speedman: The Vow) washes up on her solitary femaleness, bleeding from a gunshot wound,
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Ruba Nadda And Alexander Siddig Return To Tiff With “Inescapable”

Ruba Nadda, whose Cairo Time captured Best Canadian Feature in 2009, returns to Tiff with Inescapable. Both star leading man Alexander Siddig and are set in the Middle East. However, Inescapable is anything but a charming romance, but rather a fast-paced political thriller set in the most dangerous country in the world, Syria.

When he learns that his daughter has gone missing in Syria, Adib (Siddig) leaves his comfy business in Toronto to track her down in Syria. Turns out that the Syrian government has abducted Adib’s journalist daughter and that a shady Canadian diplomat (Joshua Jackson) knows more about it than he lets on. Adib gets help from old flame (Marisa Tomei) who’s chagrined to help find the daughter of the man she almost married 20 years ago.

Credit Nadda for making a thriller. Though it sounds mad to Americans, the Canadian film system frowns on genre pictures and
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Interview: Filmmaker Ruba Nadda Captures Beauty Amid Chaos in ‘Cairo Time’

Chicago – “Cairo Time” may be a serene and intricately nuanced romance between an American woman (Patricia Clarkson) and an Arab man (Alexander Siddig) in Cairo. But behind the cameras, the atmosphere felt more like an action movie, as filmmakers outwitted government censors by finding endless creative ways to capture their desired footage, in the midst of a bustling city that was largely out of their control.

HollywoodChicago.com spoke with “Cairo Time” writer/director Ruba Nadda about her passion for exploring her Arab heritage, her mind-boggling production hurdles, and why filmmaking has become a family affair for her.

HollywoodChicago.com: Your first feature, “Sabah,” was about an Arab immigrant in Toronto, whereas “Cairo Time” is about an American in Cairo. What draws you to exploring these cultural juxtapositions?

Ruba Nadda: It’s funny because it only dawned on me afterwards when I was like, “Oh this is kind of
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IFC Films Picks Up Clarkson Starrer 'Cairo Time'

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Distributor IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to "Cairo Time," a cross-cultural romantic drama starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig.

Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda ("Sabah"), "Cairo Time" was produced by Foundry Films' Daniel Iron and executive produced by Christine Vachon and Charles Pugliese of Killer Films with David Collins of Samson Films.

The film won the Best Canadian Feature prize at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Patricia Clarkson Books for 'Cairo, Egypt'

  • I guess you couldn't ask for anything more than a quality cast and the backing from competent producers  if you are in the shoes of Canadian-born filmmaker Ruba NaddaRuba Nadda
[/link]. Screen Daily reports that Patricia Clarkson (Elegy) has boarded the project with co-stars Alexander Siddig (Un homme perdu), Elena Anaya (Savage Grace) and Tom McCamus set for filming.  Cairo Time sees Clarkson play a woman (really?) who arrives in Cairo to meet her husband (McCamus) only to be told he is unavoidably delayed in Gaza and has in turn sent his friend (Siddig), a retired Egyptian police officer, to pick her up. The brief love affair that follows catches them both completely off guard. Executive produced by indie vets Christina Vachon and Charles Pugliese of Killer Films, and produced by Ireland's David Collins of Samson Films (Once) and the personable Daniel Iron of Foundry Films (Away From Her, Manufactured Landscapes
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