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Tarifa adds strand to Cinema in Motion

San Sebastian fest to showcase Maghreb pics

MADRID — The African Cinema Festival of Tarifa has added another strand to Cinema in Motion, a Maghreb pic co-prod and distribution forum, organizing a showcase of films from participating directors.

An initiative of the San Sebastian, Amiens and Fribourg film fests, the second edition of Cinema in Motion will take place Sept. 25 at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

At the event, directors and producers from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as Portuguese-speaking Africa, will present part-financed projects pitching for co-prod’n or completion coin.

The winning pic at last September’s pilot edition, Sol de Carvalho’s “O jardim de Outro Homen,” received $19,110 for post-prod work in France and another $19,110 for a sound mix from Paris-based company Mactari. The Amiens Fest paid for a 35mm print.

Now, thanks to the Tarifa fest, the Bogota, Mexico and Buenos Aires Filmotecques will screen the work of the seven directors who has projects presented at Cinema in Motion 1.

First showcase includes Faouzi Bensaidi’s droll provincial town-set coming-of-ager “A Thousand Months,” Daoud Aoulad-Syad’s immigration piece “Tarfaya,” both from Morocco; Algerian Abdelkrim Bahloul’s true-life gay poet murder drama “The Assassinated Sun;” and Tunisian vet Abdellatif Ben Ammar’s road movie “Song of the Noria.”

The Mozambique-born Sol de Carvalho presents three shorts: “Quando o mar bate na rocha,” “Contos tradicionais” and “A Herencia da viuva.”

Showcase is rounded out by Jilani Saadi’s debut “Khorma,” about a feckless Tunisian town crier.

Films in Progress 10, the 10th edition of the Latin American completion finance forum, will take place at the San Sebastian fest Sept. 26-27. The 3rd African Cinema Festival of Tarifa runs April 28 to May 7.

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