The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has set a first in the Arab region for a film organization, with its latest co-financed projects, "About Dry Grasses" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Jessica Hausner's "Club Zero" selected to the Official Selection, in competition at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, which takes place from May 16-27, 2023. Additionally, "Banel E Adama", the debut feature by Senegalese filmmaker Ramata-Toulaye SY, recipient of the Spring 2023 grants, has been selected to In Competition, marking the first ever DFI grantee project selected to the prestigious section.
This nomination makes DFI the only cultural organization in the MENA region to have eight supported projects including seven co-financed titles selected for the Official Selection, In Competition to date.
Diverse projects supported by DFI through its Grants program will screen to global audiences in key sections of the prestigious Festival including three in Official Selection, Un Certain Regard; one in Official Selection, Midnight Screening; four projects in the parallel section of Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique), one in Director's Fortnight (Quinzaine des cinéastes), and one in ACID.
The movies that were officially selected at the Un Certain Regard included "The Mother of All Lies" (Morocco, France, Qatar/2023) by Asmae El Moudir, "If Only I Could Hibernate" (Mongolia, France, Switzerland, Qatar / 2023), by Zoljargal Purevdash, and "Hounds" (Morocco, France, Belgium, Qatar/2023) by Kamal Lazraq. One of only three films selected to the Midnight Screenings segment of Official Selection is Omar La Fraise (Algeria, France, Qatar/2023), by Elia Belkeddar.
The Critics' Week movies included InshAllah Wallad (Jordan, Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar/2023), by Amjad Al Rasheed, Tiger Stripes (Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar/2023), by Amanda Nell Eu; "I Promise You Paradise" (Egypt, France, Qatar/2023) by Morad Mostafa and "Lost Country" (Serbia, France, Croatia, Luxembourg, Qatar/2023) by Vladimir Perisic. Deserts (Morocco, France, Germany, Belgium, Qatar/2023) by Faouzi Bensaïdi has been selected for Director's Fortnight (Quinzaine des cinéastes), and Machtat (Tunisia, Lebanon, France, Qatar/2023) by Sonia Ben Slama was selected for ACID category.
Image credit & Source: QNA
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