Still from Cotton Queen

10 films supported by the Doha Film Institute selected to participate in the Cannes Film Festival 2022

Doha: The Doha Film Institute has set another milestone with an impressive list of 10 films supported by the region’s leading film organization that have been selected to participate in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2022.

The Institute continues to uphold its proud legacy of supporting compelling films from around the world that made headlines on the international film festival circuit this year as well with one of the biggest shows at Cannes 2022 that takes place May 17-28. Of the selected films, five will be featured in Un Certain Regard, while four are part of Directors’ Fortnight and one will feature in the ACID division. In addition, three films by Qatari and regional talents, promoted by the Doha Film Institute, have been selected for the Cannes Film Atelier.

Fatima Hassan Al-Rumaihi, CEO of the Doha Film Institute, said: “Over the past several years, films supported by the Institute have made headlines at the Cannes Film Festival, further supporting the quality of the projects we sponsor. This year, with an impressive selection of films, including by first-time directors, we are further contributing to world cinema through engaging films that have a global resonance. Our mission is to celebrate independent voices in cinema, and the proud selection of Cannes, seen as an example of great filmmaking, is a testament to our commitment to supporting important voices in films.”

Among the films shown at Un Certain Regard:

All the People I’ll Never Be (France, Germany, Belgium, South Korea, Romania, Qatar) directed by Davy Chu, 25-year-old Freddy, who first returns to South Korea to reconnect with her origins. A violent young woman begins searching for her biological parents in a country she knows little about.

Plan 75 (Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar) was developed by Hayakawa Chie, in Japan in the near future the government program “Plan 75” encourages the elderly to voluntarily euthanize in order to treat the elderly community. An elderly woman whose means of survival are fading, a pragmatic Plan 75 salesman, and a young Filipino worker face life and death choices.

Domingo and the Mist (Costa Rica, Qatar) directed by Ariel Escalante Meza is a sponsored project at Qumra, the annual incubator of talent organized by the Doha Film Institute. The film is about 65-year-old Domingo, his town threatening thugs hired by a developer to evict its residents and clear the way for the construction of a massive highway. But his land hides a secret – the ghost of his deceased wife who visits him in the mist.

Mediterranean Fever (Palestine, France, Germany, Cyprus, Qatar) by Maha Al-Hajj, also a project sponsored by Qumra, centers on Walid, a Palestinian man who lives comfortably in his seaside home in Haifa with his wife and children. One day, Walid gets to know his new neighbor, who soon becomes the most important person in his life.

Harkat (Egypt, France, Tunisia, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Qatar) by Lotfi Nathan, is a contemporary tale of resistance, Harakat focuses on the story of Ali, a young Tunisian who dreams of a better life while making it. Living Risky Selling Granted Gas on the local black market. When his father dies suddenly, Ali is forced to take charge of his younger sister and their impending expulsion. What ensues is the fight for dignity – the voice of a generation trying to be heard.

The three films shown at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs, independent selection at the Cannes Film Festival are:

Ashkal (Tunisia, France, Qatar) by Youssef Chebbi, set in the Gardens of Carthage, a new area where modern buildings exist alongside abandoned sites and wastelands, where the body of a guard was found in the center of Carthage. building site.

Beneath the Fig Trees (Tunisia, Switzerland, Qatar and France) by Irig Sehri, the film revolves around Malak, Sana, Fidi and Mariam, who work long days in the fields as a way to stay together and escape the monotony of their lives in the countryside. They always find ways to have fun, sometimes at the expense of others.

The Dam (Lebanon, France, Sudan, Germany, Serbia, Qatar) by Ali Shari Every evening, he secretly wanders the desert to build a mysterious building made of mud.

1976 (Chile, Qatar) by Manuela Martelli, about Carmen, a bourgeois housewife whose life is cut short when the priest in the chapel where she works charity asks her to take care of a revolutionary young man, a man granted asylum, who has just been injured.

The parallel Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion (L’ACID) program in Cannes is dedicated to exceptional independent films. This year, ACID will screen the DFI-supported film Polaris (France, Greenland, Qatar) directed by Ainara Vera. The plot revolves around Hayat, an expert arctic sailor, who navigates away from humans and her family’s devastating past in France. When her little sister Laila gives birth to a baby girl Enaya, Hayat faces a dilemma over how much she is willing to give up her life to break free from her family’s grudges and offer a future for the new generation.

The three films were selected at the Cinéfondation Atelier in Cannes, with the support of the Institute, according to the quality of the previous works of their directors and the potential of their current projects. The films selected are:

Cotton Queen (Sudan, Qatar), by Susanna Mirghani. It’s 15-year-old Nafisa, who lives a simple life in a village famous for growing cotton. She spends her days picking cotton with her friends, and her heart is fond of a boy in the village.

A Village from the Slums (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar) directed by Ahmed Fawzy Saleh, is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. The film is set in contemporary Egypt and is steeped in a unique and rarely filmed world of mysticism.

Al-Basir – The Blind Ferry (Iraq, Switzerland, Qatar), directed by Ali Al-Fatlawi, the story revolves around the blind boatman Ayoub, who lives in the marshes of southern Iraq. He knows how to find his way despite his limited eyesight, and he makes his money by moving people and goods around the wetlands.

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