Published August 28th, 2006 - 11:32 GMT

This month enjoy a weekend of world cinema on Showtime when we screen a triple packed weekend of world class movies including City of God (30th August), The Motorcycle Diaries (31st August) and to finale Monsieur Ibrahim (1st September) starring the legendry Omar Sherif.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1932, Omar Sharif made his film debut in the 1953 Egyptian film Siraa Fil-Wadi. His subsequent work made him one of Egypt's biggest stars and landed him the life-changing part of Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish in David Lean's Oscar-winning epic Lawrence of Arabia. For his performance opposite Peter O'Toole as T. E. Lawrence's friend, Sharif was received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Fifty years into a long and varied career which includes more than 70 films, Omar Sharif gives one of his very best performances in this award winning touching adaptation of playwright Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's autobiographical novel, Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran.

The movie is set during the early 1960s when Paris was an explosion of life. As the old gave way to the new, everything was in flux and the city was filled with an energy that promised cultural shifts and social change. Against this background, in a working class neighbourhood, two unlikely characters - a young Jew and an elderly Muslim begin a friendship that will change their lives forever.

Tune in for an award weekend of World Cinema beginning on Wednesday 30th August - from the slums of Brazil in City of God, to a road trip across to across Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela in Motorcycle Diaries and finishing up in the Parisian neighbourhoods in Monsieur Ibrahim this is world cinema at its finest.


CITY OF GOD: 'News From A Private War Documentary' (2002) | The Movie Channel at 20:00 KSA
This hour long documentary leads us into the Movie City of God and details the real favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Shot over the course of two years it examines how the slums were taken over by the gangsters, how the police brutally treat the residents, and how much hope there is for the situation. Interviewing everyone from street dealers, gang members not yet into their teens, and a police chief who is brutally honest about the situation in the slums and the attitude the police take towards them. NEW & EXCLUSIVE to Showtime on The Movie Channel and on TMC+1 at 22:00 KSA

CITY OF GOD (2002)| The Movie Channel at 21:00 KSA
Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge
Directors: Katie Lund, Fernando Meirelles
Genre: Drama
A photographer named Buscape narrates short stories to recall his childhood growing up in one of the most crime-ridden areas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The film introduces many characters, including a boyhood friend on the path to becoming a drug dealer in what was one of the world's most dangerous areas from the late '60s to the early '80s.  NEW & EXCLUSIVE to Showtime on The Movie Channel and on TMC+1 at 22:00 KSA


THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (2004)| The Movie Channel at 21:00 KSA
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Mia Maestro, Mercedes Moran, Rodrigo de la Serna
Director: Walter Salles
Genre: Drama
In 1952, two young Argentine men, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his best friend, Alberto Granado, embark on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. NEW & EXCLUSIVE to Showtime on The Movie Channel and on TMC+1 at 22:00 KSA


MONSIEUR IBRAHIM (2004) | The Movie Channel at 21:00 KSA
Starring: Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert Melki, Isabelle Renauld
Director: François Dupeyron
Genre: Drama
In a street called Blue in a very poor neighbourhood in Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim (Omar Shariff) is an old Muslin Turkish owner of a small market. He becomes friend of the teenager Jewish Moises, tenderly nicknamed Momo (Pierre Boulanger), who lives with his father in a small apartment on the other side of the street. Monsieur Ibrahim gives paternal love and teaches the knowledge of the Koran to the boy, receiving in return love and respect. EXCLUSIVE to Showtime on The Movie Channel and on TMC+1 at 22:00 KSA


About Showtime
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