Cinemondo: a view on Maghreb
- The 3rd edition of the festival organised by the French Academy in Rome on 21-26 November unveils its programme
The 2013 edition of Cinemondo, the film festival organised by the French Academy in Rome will open on Thursday 21st November with two films from the cinematheque of Tangier: Vue du Grand Socco et du Petit Socco by Gabriel Veyre, the first images ever shot in Morocco (1934-35) and J’ai tant aimé, a Franco-Moroccan documentary by Dalila Ennadre.
The Panorama section, meant to open a window on the current production of Maghreb, is opening on the 22nd with the Franco-Tunisian Millefeuille [+see also:
film profile] by Nouri Bouzid - winner of the 2012 Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Millefeuille tell the story of the Tunisian revolution through the struggle for independence and liberty of two young girls, Zaineb and Aïcha.
The Rooftops [+see also:
interview: Merzak Allouache
film profile] by Merzak Allouache, a Franco-Algerian coproduction that was in Venice 2013 official competition, narrates multiple stories linked by the fact that they are all located in a popular district of Alger. The director will be meeting the public, just like Faouzi Bensaïdi –who will be attending the festival to present his Death for sale [+see also:
interview: Faouzi Bensaïdi
film profile]. Bensaïdi has also been actor in Goodbye Morocco, to be screened during the festival in the presence of director Nadir Moknèche.
The pluri-awarded Rengaine [+see also:
interview: Rachid Djaïdani
film profile], a French production by Rachid Djaïdani about the taboo of mixed weddings is included in the Panoram section.
The special guest of this year’s edition is Tariq Teguia, whose films offer a disenchanted glimpse into today’s Algeria. Two of his films, Roma wa la n’touma and Gabbla, will be screened during the festival. Meanwhile the world premiere of Zanj Revolution, his last feature, will be presented at the Rome Film Festival
As already announced, the festival counts also on a few original and multi-awarded documentaries that question the past to understand the current situation of these countries. The Spaziodoc includes Le Thé ou l’électricité by Jérôme Le Maire (a coproduction of Morocco, France and Belgium), the Franco-Algerian Fidaï [+see also:
film profile] by Damien Ounouri and Démocratie Année Zéro (Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar) by Christophe Cotteret and Amira Chebli.
Artistic video installation will be exposes as well during the festival, in the section SpazioOff on video art in the Maghreb countries.
Cineuropa will take part in the festival for the first time as a media partner.
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