19/10/2012

South Mediterranean films to shine at Brussels Mediterranean film fest

The film festival’s 12th edition is to be held in Brussels from November 9 to 17

Events and Festivals

South Mediterranean films to shine at Brussels Mediterranean film fest

Films from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Palestine, and Israel are to screen as part of the 12th Mediterranean Film Festival to be held at the beginning of next month in the Belgian capital's multicultural neighbourhood of Saint-Josse.

From November 9 to 17, cultural centre Le Botanique is to screen 70 fiction and documentary films from the 20 countries in the Mediterranean Basin, also including Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Albania, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Serbia.

The festival is to open at the Bozar with a screening of Italian film Magnifica Presenza directed by Ferzan Ozpetek. In the international competition, ten films are to vie for the festival’s Grand Prix and its Special Jury Prize to be handed out by a jury headed by actor Serge Riaboukine. The audience is to vote for its favourite film from the 2012 edition and Cineuropa is also to hand out an award.

From Morocco, the festival is to screen Faouzi Ben Saïdi’s Death For Sale, as well as two features directed by Nabil Ayouch, My Land and God’s Horses. Abdallah Yahya’s We Are Here and Nadia el-Fani and Alina Isabel Perez’ Même Pas Mal are to screen from Tunisia, while Merzak Allouache’s The Repentant is to represent Algeria. From Palestine, the festival is to screen Susan Youssef’s Habibi.

From Israel, festival goers will be able to see Doron Tsabari and Ori Inbar’s Revolution 101 and Mani Yaesh’s God’s Neighbours

The Mediterranean Film Festival is a French Community Commission (Cocof – audiovisual department) initiative, co-organised with Cinémamed. As the festival’s official partner, Euromed Audiovisual III is sponsoring the screening of many Mediterranean films at the festival, as well as sponsoring several events hosted by main cultural institutions and festivals (Bozar, European Parliament, FIFI) in Brussels. 

 

Here is the festival’s programme. 

Saturday, November 9

  • 20:00        Screening of Magnifica Presenza by Ferzan Ozpetec (Italy) - Centre for Fine Arts

Saturday, November 10

  • 19:30        Screening of Death for Sale by Faouzi Ben Saïdi (Morocco/Belgium) - Botanique – Salle de cinéma
  • 21:15        Screening of Revolution 101 by Doron Tsabari and Ori Inbar (Israel) - Botanique, Rotonde – In presence of the directors

Sunday, November 11

  • 17:00        Screening of My Land by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco) - Botanique, Rotonde – In the presence of the director
  • 19:00        Screening of We Are Here by Abdallah Yahya (Tunisia)-Botanique, Rotonde – In the presence of the director
  • Followed by a debate on  An 'exciting but dangerous' transition - Botanique, Rotonde
  • 19:15        Screening of Habibi by Susan Youssef (Palestine) - Botanique, Orangerie
  • 20:00        Screening of God’s Horses by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco) - Centre for Fine Arts, Hall M – In the presence of the director
  • 21:15        Screening of Même Pas Mal by Nadia el-Fani and Alina Isabel Perez (Tunisia) - Botanique, Rotonde – In the presence of the directors

Tuesday, November 13

  • 19 :00       Screening of Une arme de choix by Florence Tran (France) - Botanique, Rotonde – In the presence of the director
  • Followed by a debate: What is the role of filmmakers in a changing Arab world? - Botanique, Rotonde
  • 21:15       Screening of The Virgins, the Copts and Me by Namir Abdel Messeeh (France/Qatar) - Botanique, Rotonde – In the presence of the director

Thursday, November 15

  • 21:30      Screening of God’s Neighbours by Meni Yaesh (Israel, France) - Botanique, Orangerie

Friday, November 16

  • 17:00       Screening of God’s Neighbours by Mani Yaesh (Israel, France) - Botanique, Orangerie
  • 21:15       Screening of The Repentant by Merzak Allouache (Algeria) - Botanique, Orangerie

Saturday, November 17

  • 18:30       Screening of Habibi by Susan Youssef (Palestine) - Botanique, Salle de cinéma

 

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