The sidebar sections International Film Critics Week and Venice Days at the Venice Film Festival (August 29 – September 9) announced their programs this week.
The International Critics’ Week will open with Water, a collective work with directors and actors of both Israeli and Palestinian origin. The film presents short films on water, an issue so dramatically linked to the conflicts of the area. The directors are Nir Sa’ar, Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger, and Tal Haring.
Water was produced within the 14th Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, with the support of the Film and Television Department of Tel Aviv University, as well as the Ruth and Yoav Gottesman Scholarship Fund, the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, the Culture Office of the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, the French Institute in Tel Aviv, the French Embassy in Israel, and the French Consulate in Jerusalem.
Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas’ directorial debut, Inheritance, will also screen at the Venice Days. The film tells the story of a Palestinian family living in the north of Galilee that gathers to celebrate the wedding of one of their daughters, as war rages between Israel and Lebanon. The battles between different family members become as merciless as the war outside once their father falls into a coma and starts to inch toward death.
Starring Hiam Abbas herself along side with French young talent Hafsia Herzi, Yussef Abu Wada, Ashraf Barhoums and Ruba Blal, Inheritance is an Israeli-French co-production supported by the Israeli Film Fund. Paris-based agent Films Distribution is handling international sales.