Twenty-five films selected for the Béjaïa Film Days

Algeria's Mediterranean city of Béjaïa is to celebrate cinema from June 8 to 14

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Twenty-five films selected for the Béjaïa Film Days

The 11th Bejaia Film Days are to be held from June 8 to 14, reports Algerian daily Liberté. The event is held each year at the Béjaïa Film Institute.

Twenty-five films have been selected from 150 films submitted to the selection committee for this new edition. They are all documentaries, short and feature films made no more than three years ago, and many come from abroad.

French, Tunisian, Algerian and Cambodian films will be shown throughout this week after the opening film, Moroccan director Faouzi Bensaid's Death for Sale. These include Bahia Allouache's An Ordinary Journey, Mounia Meddour's Edwige, Ibrahim El Batout's Winter of Discontent, Namir Abdel Messeeh's The Virgin, the Copts and Me, Sami Tlili's Cursed Be the Phosphate, Damien Onouri's Fidaï, and Nadir Moknèche's Goodbye Morocco.

Selected films “highlight issues and are part of inquisitive cinema that raises concerns and doubts rather than convictions,” said the head of the association running the festival.  

A short film scriptwriting workshop will be held beside the screenings, during which ten participants will have the opportunity to work on their own short film project.

They will be supervised by scriptwriter Stephanie Durant-Barracand, Gladys Marciano, screenwriter and teacher at ESAV (Marrakech), Ikbal Zalila, film critic and teacher, and Tahar Chikhaoui, critic and artistic director of the International Marseilles Arab Film Festival. All are part of the jury that previously selected the ten candidates. The workshop's first session will be held during these film days, and then two more two will be held in September and December.

For the first time this year, the festival will also host a forum on film production in Algeria, to which 15 Algerian film production companies have been invited.

“It will be a question of finding alternatives and other ways of producing, until the structures and processes are developped and become more transparent,” explained the event's president.


Translation: Yma de Almeida 

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