Middle East films in Locarno mart

Projects include documentaries, features

The Locarno Film Festival is doing its own bit for cross-cultural dialogue by selecting 13 projects from the Middle East for its Open Doors co-production mart (Aug. 5-8), which focuses on cinema from countries with less-developed film industries.

The final list, culled from more than 120 submissions, includes four docus and four debut features from helmers across the region, representing Israel, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and Egypt.

“We were struck by the diversity and power of the subject matter of the projects submitted, which covered a wide range of perspectives,” says Open Doors project manager Vincenzo Bugno.

Topics covered include the psychological toll of the various conflicts in the region, the Israeli judicial system and the lingering effects of exile.

The selected helmers — including Lebanese husband and wife team Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas, Israeli Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and master Egyptian filmmaker Daoud Abd El-Sayed — will attend a series of workshops and pitch their projects to potential financiers.

The Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation will award two $40,000 grants, while France’s Centre National de la Cinematographie will support a first feature with $13,000 in development coin.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety