The 28th edition of the film festival will take place from March 3 to 10, 2023.
The film festival will take place from March 3 to 10, 2023.
These films are Nezouh by Soudade Kaadan, Alam by Firas Khoury, Our Ties by Roschdy Zem, and The Island of Forgiveness by Ridha Behi.
Shot in Turkey, Nezouh is written and directed by Soudade Kaadan. It’s produced by KAF Productions (Soudade Kaadan) and Berkeley Media Group (Yu-Fai Suen) in association with Ex Nihilo (Marc Bordure).
The film will screen as part of the festival’s Official Competition on March 8.
Nezouh stars Kinda Alloush, Samer Al Masri, Hala Zein, Nizar Alani and Darina Al Joundi, and is lensed by prominent cinematographer Hélène Louvart.
The film takes place during the Syrian conflict, when a missile destroys the ceiling of the house of 14-year-old Zeina (Hala Zein). As a result, she sleeps for the first time under the stars and makes friends with Amer (Nizar Alani), the boy next door. When the violence escalates, Zeina’s mother, Hala, (Kinda Alloush) decides to leave. She puts up a fight with her husband Motaz (Samer Al Masri)who refuses to become a refugee and tries everything to stop his family from leaving his house.
Written and directed by Firas Khoury and starring Mahmood Bakri, Sereen Khass, Saleh Bakri, Mohammad Karaki, Ahmad Zaghmouri, and Muhammad Abed Elrahman, Alam follows the story of a Palestinian teenager named Tamer.
The film will screen as part of the Official Competition on March 6.
Alam follows a Palestinian-Israeli teen who undergoes a political awakening sparked by a pretty, outspoken girl from his high school class, who spurs him to join a group of classmates in a risky flag operation on the eve of Israel’s Independence Day. Lead actor Mahmoud Bakri won a share of top acting honours for his performance, along with Maher Elkheir, the star of Ali Cherri’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight player The Dam.
Alam is co-distributed by MAD Solutions and Lagoonie Film Production across the Arab world.
The Island of Forgiveness is written and directed by Ridha Behi and stars Italian actress Claudia Cardinale alongside Katia Greco, Paola Lavini, Ali Bennour, and Badis Behi
In the fascinating city of Djerba, populated by people of many different races and religions, a prolific 60-year-old writer named Andrea returns to his childhood home and reawakens some memories as he tries to fulfil his mother Rosa’s dying wishes.
The film will screen as part of the festival’s Coup de Coeur Programme on March 6.
Our Ties follows Moussa, who has always been kind, selfless, and there for his family, unlike his brother Ryad — a high-profile TV presenter who is widely criticised for his egocentricity by those around him, with his only defender being Moussa, who admires him greatly.
When an accident befalls Moussa, causing him serious brain damage, he now speaks without any filter, telling the brutal truth to friends and family alike, leading all to resent him, except Ryad.
The film — which was co-written by Maïwenn— stars Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Meriem Serbah, Maïwenn, and Rachid Bouchareb. Julien Poupard also served as its DOP and it was edited by Pierre Deschamps.
The film will screen in the festival’s closing ceremony on March 10.