Allouache at the Directors’ Fortnight and two Israeli films at the Critics’ Week in Cannes
Events and Festivals, Algeria, Israel
The programmes of Cannes sidebar sections the Directors’ Fortnight and the Critics’ Week have been unveiled, with more South Mediterranean productions going to the festival besides those previously announced in the official selection
and those going to the atelier
Algerian director Merzak Allouache, whose latest film Normal!
recently came out in France, will take his new production El Taaib
) to the Directors’ Fortnight, for its world première.
Rachid Djaïdani’s feature debut, Rengaine (Hold Back), will also be screened in this section. Djaïdani is a French actor, writer, and director with Algerian and Senegalese origins whose latest audiovisual work was a web documentary about Ramadan called Une heure avant la date (lit. “An hour before the date”), supported by ARTE.
Fyzal Boulifa’s short film The Curse (United Kingdom, Morocco) completes the South Mediterranean presence at the Directors’ Fortnight.
Following Hagar Ben Asher’s The Slut in 2011, the Critics' Week this year in Cannes will screen two Israeli titles.
Israeli-French co-production God's Neighbours (Bizizi Productions) is a dramatic comedy about three Jewish friends who have appointed themselves as the guardians of Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv. They make sure that the women are dressed appropriately, that Sabbath is respected, and that Arabs from Jaffa don’t enter the neighborhood with music blaring from their cars. This balance is threatened when the group’s leader, Avi, falls in love with a girl. Starring Roy Assaf, Gal Friedman, Itzik Golan, and Rotem Ziesman-Cohen, God’s Neighbours is written and directed by Menny Yaish.
Also in the Critics’ Week selection is the short film Hazara, in which lead character Shay returns home after a psychotic breakdown. Thirty-three-year-old Shay Levi directs, while Tom Hagi, Ami Weinberg, and Viki Moran star in the film.