Cinema el fourn is an outdoor cinema showcasing independent films from a variety of genres from Egypt and around the world.
We know that the role of the cinema is essential in culture and in increasing awareness and education not just for entertainment; therefore our mission is to champion the cause of independent film making and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision.
Our purpose is to support and promote innovative movies and to create a community of makers and audiences for adventurous work that entertains, pushes boundaries, challenges viewers and transcends expectations. Thereby we envision to increase the awareness of the concept of independent cinema and its importance to elevate cinema art in Egypt and worldwide.
In case the film is not in English it will be shown with English subtitles.
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Darb 1718 Film Program


April 2013


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Sector Zero
by Nadim Mishlawi (Lebanon)



March 2013

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Care for Trees

Care for trees is a short film production under the ACACIA research project, produced by Gidske L. Andersen and directed by Knut Krzywinski. The production is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the Olaf Grolle Olsen and Miranda Bødtker’s Fund.



July 2012 

Jazz Film Festival (organized by the Jazz Society of Egypt)


BirdSunday, 1st of July 2012
“Bird” (1988) 

The Life story of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker – with tunes including Lester Leaps In, Ornithology, Why Do I Love You, April in Paris and All of Me. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Forest Whitaker and Diane Venora. 

Duration: 154 minutes

When I Fall in Love

When I Fall in Love

Monday, 2nd of July 2012
“When I Fall in Love: The One and Only Nat King Cole” (2003)

A documentary on the life of pianist and vocalist Nat “King” Cole – including interviews with family members and colleagues accompanied by footage from Nat’s performances. 

Duration: 58 minutes

Till the Clouds Roll By

Till the Clouds Roll ByTuesday, 3rd of July 2012
“Till the Clouds Roll By” (1946)

The life story of composer Jerome Kern with classic tunes including Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, A Fine Romance, All the Things You Are and excerpts from the musical Show Boat starring Robert Walker, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Angela Lansbury. 

Duration: 135 minutes

The Glenn Miller Story

The Glenn Miller StoryWednesday, 4th of July 2012
“The Glenn Miller Story” (1954)

The life story of composer and swing big band leader Glenn Miller, starring James Stewart as Miller with a cameo appearance by Louis Armstrong with tunes including Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and In the Mood. 

Duration: 115 minutes


April 2012


KuoronekoMonday, 16th of April 2012
Kuoroneko (1968) – Japan, Director: Kaneto Shindo
In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography



Wednesday, 18th of April 2012
House (1977) – Japan, Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi 
How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via a series of mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equal parts absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.


Hard-BoiledMonday, 23rd of April 2012
Hard-Boiled (1992) - Hong Kong, Director: John Woo
Violence as poetry, rendered by a master -brilliant and passionate, John Woo's Hard Boiled tells the story of jaded detective "Tequila" Yuen (played with controlled fury by Chow Yun-fat). Woo's dizzying odyssey through the world of Hong Kong Triads, undercover agents, and frenzied police raids culminates unforgettably in the breathless hospital sequence. More than a cops-and-bad-guys story, Hard Boiled continually startles with its originality and dark humor

When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows

Wednesday, 25th of April 2012
When the Wind Blows (1986) - UK/Japan, Director: Jimmy T. Murakami
A couple face a nuclear holocaust with only the instructions from the government's infamous 'Protect and Survive' leaflet to help them in this glorious animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs' book, voiced by John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft. Middle-aged Jim Bloggs becomes troubled at the mounting possibility of nuclear war. His wife Hilda is too busy with housework to be at all concerned. Jim returns home with some civil defence pamphlets and attempts to build a fallout shelter in his living room. And then the nuclear strike comes. They make it to the shelter in time but when they emerge they too have to cope with the drastically changed world. At first they discover that this means wondering when milk and newspaper deliveries will resume and that there is no power to boil a cup of tea, but soon they come to realise that the devastation is much wider than that. After the success of his cartoons about Father Christmas, his book 'Fungus the Bogeyman' and 'The Snowman', creating a dark parable about nuclear fallout was not the most obvious direction for Raymond Briggs. But it was inspired. The grim humour and poignancy of his book rapidly made it a Cold War classic, and this animated adaptation directed by Jimmy T Murakami was one of 1980s cinema's most powerful indictments of mutually assured destruction. Title song by David Bowie and Music by Roger Walters

Dr. Strangelove

Dr. StrangeloveMonday, 30th of April 2012
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) – USA, Director: Stanley Kubrick
Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Dr. Strangelove is a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed with "the purity of precious bodily fluids," mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so-called "Doomsday Device," and the world hangs in the balance while the U.S. president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart. Sellers also plays a British military attaché and the mad bomb-maker Dr. Strangelove; George C. Scott is outrageously frantic as General Buck Turgidson, whose presidential advice consists mainly of panic and statistics about acceptable losses.


March 2012

The Three Colors Triology

The Three Colors TrilogyMarch 5, 7 & 12
The Three Colors Trilogy
This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss, from Krzysztof Kieślowski, was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution-liberty, equality, and fraternity-but that hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva and ranging from tragedy to comedy, BlueWhite, and Red (Kieślowski’s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performance by such actors as Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irene Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieslowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema.

Three Colors: Blue*March 5
Three Colors: Blue*
France/Poland/Switzerland - 1993
Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Blue is the first of three films that comprise The Three Colors Trilogy, themed on the French Revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity; it is followed by White and Red. According to Kieślowski, the subject of the film is liberty, specifically emotional liberty, rather than its social or political meaning. Set in Paris, the film is about a woman whose husband and child are killed in a car accident. Suddenly set free from her familial bonds, she attempts to cut herself off from everything and live in isolation from her former ties, but finds that she cannot free herself from human connections.

*Mature audiences only

The Three Colors: White

Three Colors: White

March 7
Three Colors: White*
France/Poland/Switzerland - 1994
Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski
A black comedy set in Paris, the film depicts Karol Karol, a shy man who, after being left by his wife in humiliating circumstances, loses his money, his residency, and his friends. As a deeply ashamed beggar in Warsaw, Karol begins his effort to restore equality to his life through revenge. This film illustrates the second theme of the Three Colors trilogy, equality, through the twin desires of the protagonist Karol Karol.

 *Mature audiences only

The Three Colors: Red

Three Colors: Red

March 12
Three Colors: Red*
France/Poland/Switzerland - 1994
Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski 
The final film of The Three Colors Trilogy, which examines the French Revolutionary ideals; it is preceded by Blue and White. Kieślowski had announced that this would be his final film, which proved true with the director's sudden death in 1996. Red is about fraternity, which it examines by showing characters whose lives gradually become closely interconnected, with bonds forming between two characters who appear to have little in common.

*Mature audiences only

A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space OdysseyMarch 21
2001: A Space Odyssey
USA - 1968
Dir: Stanley Kubrick
2001: A Space Odyssey is Stanely Kubrick's dazzling achievment, a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump-cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted realms of space, perhaps even into immortality.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

March 28
USA - 2011
The Tree of Life

Dir: Terrence Malick
This stunningly original triumph from visionary director Terrence Malick follows the life journey of Jack O'Brien (played by an adult as Sean Penn), the eldest son of a fractured Texas family. Brad Pitt delivers a powerful performance as the cataclysmic force of nature in Jack's world, as his complex and rigidly authoritarian father. Hailed as a visually breathtaking masterpiece by critics and audiences alike, The Tree of Life won the Cannes Film Festival's highest honor.


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