December 8, 2021


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New projects from Sofia Djama, Ala Eddine Slim head to Egypt’s CineGouna Platform | News

Egypt’s El Gouna Movie Festival (October 14-22) has unveiled the collection of 20 initiatives in progress and write-up-production from Arab filmmakers to be showcased at the fifth yearly CineGouna System.

The platform will run from Oct 16-21.

The 13 jobs in advancement incorporate Algerian filmmaker Sofia Djama’s next feature A Quarter To Thursday In Algiers, about a lady whose ideas to deal with an undesired being pregnant are derailed by other lifestyle activities.

Djama’s debut film The Blessed  manufactured its globe premiere in Venice’s Horizons line-up in 2017, winning the Brian Award and Lina Mangiacapre prize as very well as finest actress for Lyna Khoudri.

Other narrative aspect initiatives include Tunisia director Ala Eddine Slim’s drama Agora, about a distant city where lacking people return just after lots of a long time, major to growing tensions as concern sets in.

It is Slim’s 3rd solo characteristic after Tlamess, which debuted in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2019, and The Previous Of Us, which received the Luigi De Laurentiis award for very best initially function in Venice in 2016.

Moroccan filmmaker, author and artist  Hicham Lasri will present Satisfied Lovers about a penniless novelist who options to assassinate a well known creator in reaction to a fatwa for the reward money by yourself. 

Documentary tasks in improvement incorporate Oscar-nominated Syrian documentarian Talal Derki and Ali Wajeeh’s joint work A Song For Summertime And Winter season, about a group of girls who come together to write a play about how difficult it is to be a lady in Syria today, following 10 decades of war.

Post-generation assignments

In the write-up-creation range, prolific filmmaker Lasri will unveil also very first illustrations or photos from his new narrative element Haysh Maysh: False Drama about an offended female battling to survive in a post-apocalyptic Casablanca.

The platform will also showcase the visitor task Beneath The Fig Trees by Tunisian-French filmmaker Erige Sehiri, following its earn of the El Gouna Movie Pageant prize at the Closing Slice in Venice workshop earlier this month.

Documentaries in write-up-output involve US-Palestinian multi-disciplinarian artist Hind Shoufani’s They Planted Weird Trees, discovering the complexity of what it implies to be an indigenous Arab Christian dwelling in the now Israeli region of the Galilee now.

A money prize of $15,000 and a CineGouna System certificate will be awarded to the ideal movie in post-production and the best project in development. The taking part jobs are also eligible for a host of other grants funded by GFF’s sponsors and associates.

GFF festival director Intishal Al Timimi reported, “CineGouna System is an indeniable testomony to GFF’s motivation to contain effective stakeholders in the Egyptian and Arab movie industries. We are overjoyed that CineGouna constantly appeals to the Arab world’s most motivated filmmakers and has turn out to be a focal point that unceasingly launches movie initiatives throughout the MENA area.”

The total 2021 collection: 

Projects in improvement, narrative functions

A Quarter To Thursday In Algiers (Algeria)
Dir. Sofia Djama

Agora (Tunisia)
Dir. Ala Eddine Slender

Aisha Just cannot Fly Absent Any longer (Egypt)
Dir. Morad Mostafa

Joyful Enthusiasts (Morocco)
Dir. Hicham Lasri

My Father’s Scent (Egypt)
Dir. Mohamed Siam

The Blind Ferryman – Al Baseer (Switzerland)
Dir. Ali Al-Fatlawi

The Sea Wants To Heave (Jordan)
Dir. Zain Duraie

Weedestine (Palestine, Jordan)
Dir. Reported Zagha

Projects in progress, documentary characteristics

A Tune For Summertime And Winter season (Syria)
Dir. Talal Derki and Ali Wajeeh

Fifty Meters (Egypt)
Dir. Yomna Khattab

My Fathers Killed Bourguiba (Tunisia)
Dir. by Fatma Riahi

Browsing For Woody (Egypt)
Dir. Sara Shazli

Females Of My Lifestyle (Iraq)
Dir. Zahraa Ghandour

Post-creation, narrative features

Hanging Gardens (Iraq, Palestine)
Dir. Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji

Haysh Maysh: Untrue Drama (Morocco)
Dir. Hicham Lasri

Article-manufacturing, documentary characteristics

Abo Zabaal 1989 (Egypt)
Dir. Bassem Mortada

Hyphen (Lebanon)
Dir. Reine Razzouk

Almost nothing About My Mom (Tunisia)
Dir. Latifa Doghri

They Planted Odd Trees (Jordan)
Dir. Hind Shoufani

Beneath The Fig Trees by Erige Sehiri (Tunisia) – visitor venture
Dir. Erige Sehiri