Egyptian, Lebanese and Jordanian films at Venice's post-production workshop

Mohamed Zedan’s I Have a Picture, Maher Abi Samra’s A Maid for Each and Yahya Alabdallah’s The Council take part

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Egyptian, Lebanese and Jordanian films at Venice's post-production workshop

Three documentaries from the South Mediterranean are among six films from Africa taking part in the Venice Film Festival's Final Cut post-production workshop this year.

From Egypt, Mohamed Zidan's I Have a Picture follows the director's research into the history of Egyptian filmmaking, accompanied by one of the oldest extras in Egyptian cinema, Mutawee Eweis and his friend assistant director Kamal El Homossany, with whom the director has a power struggle throughout the film.

"Movie extras have always fascinated me," Zidan’s statement for the workshop reads. "The people who work in the background of a film, as many are aware, are the most marginalised members of the cast. Extras cannot influence the action of the movie and are not given any room for expression."

I Have a Picture previously took part in the 2013 DOCmed documentary development programme co-funded by Euromed Audiovisual. 

Zidan also attended the Dubai Film Festival last December, as one of the six Alexandrian filmmakers who directed the six-segment feature film The Mice Room.

From Jordanian, Yahya Alabdallah’s The Council is also taking part. The documentary tells the story of the students council at a school for Palestinian refugees in Jordan: the election campaigns, the promises made to their schoolmates and the obstacles that get in the way of them achieving their goals.

Alabdallah’s first fiction feature The Last Friday (2011) was at several international film festivals, including the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival. 

From Lebanon, Maher Abi Samra’s A Maid for Each is an investigation on some of the 200,000 the domestic workers in Lebanon. 

"In this film, I would like to analyse the Asian and African women market and question the Lebanese society that has integrated this institutionalised women trade and turned it into a real need in daily life," explains the director.

Last year, Egyptian director Ibrahim El Batout's latest feature The Cat wrapped up post-production thanks to the Venice Film Market's Final Cut fund.

The 71st Venice International Film Festival, organised by La Biennale di Venezia, runs from 27 August to 6 September 2014 and is directed by Alberto Barbera.


Sources: Ahram Online, Venice Film Festival

Photo: I Have a Picture - still

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