• How to help Mexico after the earthquake

    We list below organizations and community centers providing aid and support in Mexico after the earthquake. You may donate clothes, water and food to the following organizations: Red Cross Mexico, Oxfam Mexico, Save the Children Mexico, and Direct Relief UNICEF Mexico welcomes money donations. Topos Mexico is a rescue brigade with a track record that dates back to the… Read More »How to help Mexico after the earthquake

  • One weekend in London, a terror attack and a prediction

    A dark object appeared in the periphery of my field of vision. A pair of hands were holding it, almost caressing it. Forcible insomnia after a red eye flight from Venice to London had forced my mind into overdrive. I was writing at a caffè while killing time to take the train to the city.… Read More »One weekend in London, a terror attack and a prediction

  • Five ideas on how to spend $1,000 instead of buying an iPhone X

    Long gone are the days when $1,000 would get you far. Nonetheless, it is still a decent amount of money anywhere in the world. We mean, it can buy you more than a sandwich and a Coke. But we do believe that the best gifts are not things but experiences, like travel and food. Spend… Read More »Five ideas on how to spend $1,000 instead of buying an iPhone X

  • Film director goes from prize in Venice to prison in Beirut

    Lebanese-French director Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult was recognized at the Venice Film Festival last Friday, when Kamel El Basha was awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor. Yet the triumphant return of Doueiri’s to his homeland on Sunday turned into a nightmare when he was arrested upon arrival. The reason? Entering “enemy territory” without prior… Read More »Film director goes from prize in Venice to prison in Beirut

  • The winners of the Venice Film Festival

    The Venice Film Festival recognized directors and actors for movies that premiered at the 74th edition. The Venezia 74 Jury was chaired by Annette Bening, and comprised of Ildikó Enyedi, Michel Franco, Rebecca Hall, Anna Mouglalis, David Stratton, Jasmine Trinca, Edgar Wright and Yonfan. In having viewed all 21 films in competition, it decided as follows:           Golden Lion for Best Film to:… Read More »The winners of the Venice Film Festival

  • Venice rewards a love story between a mute woman and a river monster

    Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. As we have reviewed here, it is a love story between a river monster and a mute woman who works as a cleaning lady at a U.S. military facility in Baltimore. SEE THE TRAILER A team… Read More »Venice rewards a love story between a mute woman and a river monster