Arabian Nights
A Journey into Arab Cinema

February 1 - February 27, 2013

Pera Film parallel to Pera Museum’s temporary exhibition Between Desert and Sea: A Selection from the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts presents “Arabian Nights: A Journey into Arab Cinema.” The program includes the 1975 Palme d’Or Winner at Cannes Film Festival, Chronicle of the Year of Embers as well as important classics from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, as well as recent productions. The ten film selection of fiction and documentary genres exemplify some of the best films of Arab Cinema – from countries such as Jordan, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine. Central to the program “Arabian Nights” is homage to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine with his pivotal, groundbreaking work; Alexandria Trilogy. The program Arabian Nights promises a stunning, unique and enigmatic journey into Arab Cinema.

Chronicle of the Year of Embers

Chronicle of the Year of Embers

A Suspended Life

A Suspended Life

Date Wine

Date Wine

Omar Gatlato

Omar Gatlato

Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like Egypt

Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like Egypt

The Broken Wings

The Broken Wings

Alexandria Trilogy Alexandria, Again and Forever

Alexandria Trilogy Alexandria, Again and Forever

Alexandria Trilogy Alexandria, Why?

Alexandria Trilogy Alexandria, Why?

Alexandria Trilogy An Egyptian Story

Alexandria Trilogy An Egyptian Story

Arabian Nights
A Journey into Arab Cinema

Central to the program “Arabian Nights” is homage to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine with his pivotal, groundbreaking work; Alexandria Trilogy. The program Arabian Nights promises a stunning, unique and enigmatic journey into Arab Cinema.

Between Desert and Sea

The result of our collaboration with the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts and comprising modern and contemporary works of various artists from Arab countries around the Mediterranean, the exhibition Between Desert and Sea: A Selection from the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts was hosted by Pera Museum.

Between Desert and Sea

With Her Beloved Diego, Mexico, Nickolas and the Masterpieces She Painted From Her Bed: Frida Kahlo

With Her Beloved Diego, Mexico, Nickolas and the Masterpieces She Painted From Her Bed: Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico. Exactly 47 years from now, before she died in the same city and her beloved Mexico, many things would happen; she’d meet Diego Rivera, become a world-renowned artist, and allow many of her fans to dress like her on Halloween. 

Baby King

Baby King

1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.

Medicinal Herbs in Byzantium

Medicinal Herbs in Byzantium

Knowledge of plants and the practice of healing are closely entwined. The toxic or hallucinogenic nature of some roots, and the dangers associated with picking them, conferred a mythical or magical character and power.