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UNESCO signs agreement with Italian govt on safeguarding girls’ education in Pakistan

In the presence of the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Natural Heritage, Syed Junaid Akhlaq, UNESCO and the Government of Italy signed an agreement of approximately USD 1.7 million to enable UNESCO to implement a two-year project titled “Support to girls’ right to…

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Video: Karachi’s Saadi Town turns into Venice after rain

Heavy rain for two days exposed tall claims of authorities of improving infrastructure, as Karachi’s sewerage and drainage system in various localities either collapsed or choked, submerging various low-lying area of the city, including the Saadi Town. Watch this video…

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Venice film festival sets up a Hollywood invasion

ANKARA: A battalion of Hollywood heavyweights will lead a US invasion of next month’s Venice film festival, the organisers announced Thursday. Six big-name American films led by Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” about a World War II army medic who was the only conscientious objector ever to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, are headlining the…

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Bring Your Boats to Karachi’s Venice

  Karachiites, congratulations! No need to go to Rome to tour the canal city of Venice…The metropolitan administration by the virtue of its inefficiency has created a Venice around Pakistan Chowk…Watch this report.

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Redmayne brings transgender pioneer’s story to screen

VENICE: “This is not my body. I want you to take it away.” When transgender artist Lili Elbe, played by British actor Eddie Redmayne, utters that line in Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl”, it is the 1930s and she is in Germany, agreeing to become one of the first people to undergo sex change surgery….

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Swedish film steals show at Venice film fest

VENICE: Swedish director Roy Andersson's offbeat comedy “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” won the Golden Lion award for best film at the 71st Venice Film Festival on Saturday. Andersson, whose films have won a cult following in Europe, endeared himself to the Italian audience for the awards ceremony in Venice's Palace…

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US, Japanese, Indonesian movies frontrunners for Venice's Golden Lion

VENICE: Movies from the United States, Indonesia and Japan are tipped by critics as the favourites to win this year's Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival, due to be announced on Saturday. American comedy “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”, directed by Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and starring Michael Keaton of “Batman”…

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Films in Venice portray hope, hurdles for Jewish-Palestinian ties

VENICE: In Amos Gitai's film “Ana Arabia”, premiered in Venice this week, a Palestinian whose late wife was an Auschwitz survivor and Muslim convert treks to Arab cities to find a dentist instead of one five minutes away in Tel Aviv.In “Bethlehem”, the work of an Israeli director and Palestinian screenwriter, an Israeli Shin Bet…

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Rumsfeld defends his war legacy in Venice Festival film

VENICE: Errol Morris is not at all certain why former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld agreed to let him make a documentary portrait of the man who oversaw the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, but he is convinced of at least one thing.Rumsfeld, he said, has no regrets about the campaigns.”Rumsfeld never came even close…

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Johansson alien film disappoints, Korean movie shocks at Venice

MILAN: Scarlett Johansson as a predatory alien in Scotland got a lukewarm reception and a film about mutilation and masochism that is banned in the director's native South Korea roused disbelieving laughter at the Venice film festival on Tuesday.Booing followed the customary applause after a press screening of “Under The Skin”, a comeback for British…

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Venice film fest means business, not just art: marketing chief

VENICE: Venice has a reputation for luxury and its film festival for emphasizing art over commercialism, so its marketing chief Pascal Diot has his work cut out to prove Venice means business.The stars, film directors and producers arriving at the Lido island festival venue by luxury motor launch or Maserati tend to look and act…

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Poverty and recession infuse Venice movies

VENICE: Nicolas Cage reinhabits a low-life version of his “Leaving Las Vegas” alcoholic in the Southern gothic “Joe” screened on Friday at the Venice Film Festival while a German film explores the dark issue of wife beating in the latest competition offerings.Poverty, and the effects of the 2008 economic crash on people and society, as…

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Venice tourists get shock bill at outdoor coffee bar

ROME: Tourists going to Venice beware – and make sure you read the fine print.Everyone knows the lagoon city can be expensive but seven tourists from Rome got a bitter surprise when their bill for four coffees and three liqueurs at an outdoor cafe topped 100 euros ($130).The scene of the mishap was the famed…

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Italy's Bertolucci to head jury at Venice film festival

MILAN: Veteran Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci will head the jury of this year's Venice film festival, which runs from August 28-September 7, organisers said on Thursday.Bertolucci is best known for his steamy 1972 movie “Last Tango in Paris” and for the 1987 biopic “The Last Emperor”, which won nine Oscars and is the only Italian…

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South Korean movie “Pieta” wins Venice Golden Lion

VENICE: South Korean movie “Pieta”, an ultra-violent story of a loan shark confronted by a mysterious woman claiming to be his mother, won the Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday. The victory will prove popular on the Lido waterfront, where Pieta was one of the hot favourites to…

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Venice festival ends, US, Korea films vie for award

VENICE: The Venice film festival ends on Saturday with an awards ceremony where favourites for the top prize, the Golden Lion, include Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology story “The Master” and Korean director Kim Ki-duk's ultra-violent “Pieta”.They are among 18 films in the main competition eligible for the lion and other acting and directing prizes, and…

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Brutal, beautiful South Korean film jolts Venice

VENICE: “Pieta”, a new film from South Korea, is so violent it is hard to watch, but the story of a pitiless loan shark and the mysterious woman who claims to be his mother turns into an absorbing thriller and moving love story rolled into one.Director Kim Ki-duk pulls no punches in his tale of…

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Oscar race underway as Phoenix, Hoffman wow Venice

VENICE: Venice traditionally fires the starting gun in the long movie awards season, and as the world's oldest film festival reaches the halfway point three actors have set Hollywood tongues wagging with memorable performances.Michael Shannon as a serial hitman, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a cult leader modelled on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Joaquin…

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Female Saudi film director breaks taboos in Venice

VENICE: Saudi Arabia's first female director has made her debut at the Venice film festival, exploring the limitations placed on women in the conservative Islamic kingdom through the tale of a strong-willed 10-year-old girl living in Riyadh. The film, which the director says is the first to have been entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, follows…

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Actors shine in Venice film based on Scientology

VENICE: Philip Seymour Hoffman shines as a cult leader in “The Master”, a compelling new film inspired by the real life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard about how power and faith can corrupt.The movie, from “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson, has its world premiere at the Venice film festival on Saturday…

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Venice film fest opens with movies on crucial topics

VENICE: Politics, religion and personal crisis combine in “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” the opening movie at this year's Venice film festival, which examines what the 9/11 attacks mean for a young Asian man destined for a bright future on Wall Street.Based on the novel by Pakistan-born writer Mohsin Hamid, it is directed by Indian Mira Nair,…

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