Qatar- 14 DFI-funded films at Sarajevo
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Scene from Under the Shadow
DOHA: Fourteen films supported by Doha Film Institute (DFI) will be screened at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) to be held from Friday until August 20 in Sarajevo.
This underlines the strong relations shared by the two entities, providing another compelling platform for emerging filmmakers to highlight their talent.
DFI CEO Fatma Al Remaihi said: 'We share strong synergies with the Sarajevo Film Festival, a prestigious event that showcases the newest trends in filmmaking.
'The industry partnership between the festival and our own initiative, Qumra, has created a strong sounding board that supports emerging talent from Qatar and beyond and fosters cultural exchange.
'We are confident of the positive reception to these films, which present diverse themes and distinctive narrative structures that will resonate with audiences across the world.”
Among the highlights of the DFI showcase is the screening of two films in the exclusive ‘Sarajevo Film Festival Partner Presents"; category. These include Hedi, the recipient of the Institute";s Fall Grant 2013, directed and written by debutant Mohamed Ben Attia. Highly acclaimed at Berlinale 2016, where it was the first Arab film in competition in two decades, the film won the Best First Feature Award and the Silver Bear for Best Actor.
Scene from We Have Never Been Kids
Also to be screened in the same category is the feature documentary We Have Never Been Kids, directed by Mahmood Soliman and the recipient of the Spring Grant 2014. The film tracks the subjects of Soliman";s 2003 documentary Living Among Us, over the next 10 years reflecting the socio-political changes in Egypt.
Dogs, a recipient of the Institute";s 2016 Spring Grant, is screening at the festival in the Feature Film competition for its regional premiere. Directed by Bogdan Mirica, the film had earlier been screened in the Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival.
Under the Shadow, directed by Babak Anvari, is the recipient of DFI";s Spring Grant 2015. Screening in the Kinoscope segment, the film is set in Tehran 1988, and revolves on the life of Shideh who lives amid the chaos of a war.
In the ‘In Focus"; segment, another Spring Grant 2014 recipient is being screened: Frenzy is directed by Emin Alper and narrates the story of Kadir, who is released after a 15-year prison term, and goes in search of his younger brother Ahmet.
In the CineLink Co-Production Market, One of These Days, the recipient of DFI";s 2012 Spring Grant, currently in post-production will be showcased. Directed by Nadim Tabet, the film is set in Beirut on an autumn day in a city on the edge of chaos.
Several films that are ‘Made in Qatar"; by Qatari and expatriate filmmakers will also be screened. These include: The Palm Tree by Jasim Al Remaihi; Asfoora by Mayar Hamdan; Good as New by Jasser Alagha; Yellow Nights by Abdullah Al Mulla; The Notebook by Amna Al Binali; Light Sounds by Karem Kamel; Veganize It by Khalid Salim; and To My Mother by Amina Ahmed Al Bloshi.