10/12/2014

Euromed Audiovisual partners with Brussel’s Mediterranean Film Festival

The programme screens short films awarded during its MADE in MED contest, invites directors to attend

Events and Festivals

Euromed Audiovisual partners with Brussel’s Mediterranean Film Festival

The Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, running from December 5 to 12, is screening a great variety of films from the South Mediterranean this year. As a festival partner for the third year in a row, Euromed Audiovisual invited several directors from the region to attend the festival, as well as screened the winning short films from its 2014 MADE in MED contest.

As part of a Focus on Syria, held by Cinemamed in collaboration with Bozar Cinema, Cinema Aventure and Action Syria, Euromed Audiovisual invited two of the three directors of Palestinian-Italian documentary film Io Sto con la Sposa to attend. In the film, which premiered in Venice's Orrizonti section this September, the filmmakers help Syrian refugees across the borders of Fortress Europe disguised as a wedding party. Italian filmmaker Antonio Augugliaro and Syrian-Palestinian poet and literary critic Khaled Soliman thus spoke to the audience after the film's screening on December 8.  

Euromed Audiovisual also invited Algerian director and actor Lyes Salem to attend the screening of his second feature film after Mascarades, The Man from Oran. The film, which also recently ran in the competition at the Carthage Film Festival, is competing for the festival’s Grand Prix, Jury Award, Cineuropa Award, Critic Award, and Public Award. The film follows Djaffar and Hamid, two young Algerians promised to a brilliant future right after Algeria’s independence, until betrayal separates them. The director, supposed to attend the screening on December 8, was unfortunately not able to make it to Brussels, because of a strike that stopped all means of transport. 

Euromed Audiovisual also screened three short films from the region, awarded during its 2014 MADE in MED short film contest. Tunisian director Doria Achour's fiction After the Blaze screened on December 6 before Ciao Bella Bruxelles, while Jordanian director Ahmad Saleh's animation film House was screened on December 7 before Israeli film Life Sentences. Syrian director Amjad Wardeh's experimental film War on Famous Canvas will be screened on December 10, just before Syrian director Talal Derki’s documentary Return to Homs.

More films from the South Mediterranean region also screened throughout the rest of the Mediterranean film fest. In the film's competition, competing alongside Lyes Salam's The Man From Oranwere also Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania's El Challat and Israeli director Talya Lavie's Zero Motivation.

In the Panorama section, films include Mohamed Amin Benamraoui's Adios Carmen, in the presence of the director, Israeli director Yuval Adler's Bethlehem, Egyptian director Amr Salama's Excuse My French, Moroccan director Hicham Ayouch's Fevers, Rani Massalha's Girafada, Jordanian director Cherien Dabis's May in the Summer, and Sean Gullette's Moroccan-US co-production Traitors.

Meanwhile, the MeDoc section is showing Palestinian director Mahdi Fleifel's A World Not Ours, as well as Israeli directors Nurit Kedar and Yaron Shani's Life Sentences.

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