Wednesday 11 May 2016
10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm; 7:15pm
Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
Jordan 2015 (subtitled)
Theeb is Jordan’s first film to be nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Film 2015) and has won nine other Festival awards, including the Venice Horizons Award for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. It tells the story of a young Bedouin boy who experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British office to his secret destination, travelling in the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I.
The movie is set in a period known as the Arab Revolt, when Arab nationalists sought independence from the Ottoman Turks. Events are seen through the eyes of Theeb (Jacir Eid), a Bedouin child who has had no contact with the world outside his desert community.
The cinematography is gorgeous, spanning the North African landscapes in all their vastness, adding to the viewer's understanding of the isolation the tribal people lived with. This is not a "war movie." The story has much more to do with the character of Theeb, the dilemma he finds himself in when trying to balance survival and loyalty, and the reminder that while empires fight their wars, local populations are far more concerned with going on with their lives.
Theeb is the directorial debut of Naji Abu Nowar, a British-born filmmaker who grew up in Jordan and has described his movie as “an Arabic western” in the tradition of Sergio Leone. The movie is that and more. The wide-open spaces of Jordan, where Theeb was filmed, are as awe-inspiring in their breadth and aridity as the vistas in a spaghetti western. The film’s acute sense of this unforgiving environment is underscored by a soundtrack in which gunfire and voices ricochet eerily through the spiky canyons and arid mountain passes. Theeb is continually brushing off bugs. As in Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,” the otherworldly beauty is inseparable from the dangers that lurk within it.
Theeb may look like an adorably tousled-haired little boy, but appearances can deceive. He heeds his father’s words spoken at the beginning of the film. “And if the wolves offer friendship, do not count on success. They will not stand beside you when you are facing death.”
“A disarmingly complex boyhood adventure with no shortage of tension or harsh beauty, Theeb marks a winning debut feature for co-writer and director Naji Abu Nowar”. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
“A coming-of-age story told with a genuine feeling for the vast, unyielding desert and an eye for the uncertainties of adolescence”. Craig Mathieson, The Age (Melbourne)
“The further this strikingly assured debut feature by the British-born director Naji Abu Nowar goes along, the more it seems a metaphor for fierce self-determination - an origin story for Middle Eastern discontents”. Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Oh la la - French film really is coming to Noosa! This is a first for the Alliance Francaise de la Sunshine Coast. Tickets for the Saturday screenings (available from the Noosa 5 box office or on line) are selling fast, so don't miss out! And take a drive on Sunday for 2 more fabulous films as the Majestic Cinema. For full details visit the Festival Page
Would you like to join a discussion group relating to films that the Society has screened? If there is sufficient interest, the Film Society will develop guidelines similar to those used by Noosa Library for their book clubs. Since such a group is best limited to 10 members, several groups could be formed ; each group would be self governing, nominating their own group leader, venue and time.
If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and telephone number.
Eumundi World Cinema screens art house films once a month, February through to December at the Eumundi School of Arts hall. With supper before the film, and dessert at intermission (prepared by local chef John Hutcheon), If you missed Wild Tales or want to watch it again, see it on 20 April in Eumundi. For further details visit http://www.eumundiworldcinema.com/
Individual tickets for the Met Opera series are now available, with the next screening, Manon Lescaut on 30 April, 1 & 4 May.
The next National Theatre Live screening is the new theatrical comedy from the creator of In Bruges, called Hangmen screening at Noosa 5 on 14, 15 and 18th May. See the box office for details. For details contact the Noosa 5 Cinema box office.
Tickets for the Sunshine Coast French Film Festival Saturday screenings are now available at the Box Office and on line. $14 each for NFS members/$16 for non-members.
Remaining screening dates for 2016: April: Monday 18, Wed 27; May: 11, 25; June: 8, 22; July: 13, 27; August: 10, 24; September: 14; October: 5, 19;
November: 2, 16; December: 7.