The film had its world premiere at the 17th Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days), a sidebar of the Venice Film Festival.
El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has announced that Palestinian filmmaker Ameen Nayfeh’s drama 200 Meters will participate in the feature narrative competition at the upcoming fourth edition of the festival.
Written and directed by Ameen Nayfeh, 200 Meters is an international co-production that involves producers from Palestine, Jordan, Italy and Sweden and has just had its world premiere at the 17th Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days), an important sidebar of the Venice Film Festival.
The MENA premiere of the film will be hosted at the fourth edition of GFF. The film has received the Mentor Arabia prize for Children and Youth Empowerment at the inaugural edition of CineGouna Springboard’s projects in the development section.
200 Meters tells the story of Mustafa and his wife who come from two Palestinian villages, separated by a dividing wall. Although the distance between them is only 200 metres, it poses a challenge when their child is admitted to a hospital and Mustafa is prevented from crossing the security checkpoint. That is when a 200-metre journey turns into a frightening odyssey.
Commenting on the film, Festival Director Intishal Al Timimi said: “It is indeed a proud moment for us when a project that we selected and supported through CineGouna SpringBoard achieves international recognition. Not only does this confirm that our mission at GFF is progressing in the right direction, but it also encourages to carry on the work of nurturing films and filmmakers in the region, It is most satisfying to see a project turns into a film, especially when you have been part of its journey since the time when it was only a script and it is not so easy to gauge its true potential.”