films – Cinema Akil


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DIRECTED BY
Maher Abi Samra
United Arab Emirates | 13+ | 67 mins | Documentary | Arabic
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue

Domestic work is a real market in Lebanon, segmented according to the national and ethnic origins of the workers and in which the Lebanese employer is master and the worker the property. Zein owns a domestic worker agency in Beirut. He arranges for Asian and African women to work in Lebanese households and assists his clients in choosing “mail-order” housemaids that will best suit their needs. Advertisement, justice, police are on his side. He decides to open his agency for us.


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DIRECTED BY
Wolfgang Becker
Germany | G | 121 min | Comedy | German
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue

Berlin (East) in autumn 1989: Alex Kerner's mother is in a coma after a heart attack and misses the fall of the Berlin Wall. She awakes in summer 1990. Her doctor declares that excitement of any kind could be fatal. Alex must conceal the fall of the SED regime from her. He and his friends pretend to the sick woman that the GDR still exists; the illusion remains perfect until one day the truth can no longer be concealed.

The clever comedy was the most successful film of the year in 2003. 


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DIRECTED BY
Billy Wilder
USA | 13+ | 110 mins | Drama | German
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Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue

In West Berlin during the Cold War, Coca-Cola executive C.R. 'Mac' Macnamara is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. When Scarlett surprises Mac by announcing she has married Otto Piffi, a young East German Communist with ardent anti-capitalist views.Featuring a brilliant performance by James Cagney and classic fast-and-furious dialogue, this hysterical, hilarious satire on American cultural imperialism is Billy Wilder at his best. Interestingly, the shooting started before the construction of the Berlin Wall – but then one morning the wall went up, forcing the c Read More...