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CINÉMAMED 2021

Cinémamed turns its gaze towards youngsters

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- Following an online edition in 2020, the festival is returning to its “true” form with an especially abundant offering, enhanced by another competition entitled RêVolution

Cinémamed turns its gaze towards youngsters
La Traviata, My Brothers and I by Yohan Manca

Following an online edition in 2020, Cinémamed – Brussels’ Mediterranean Film Festival is returning from 2 to 11 December with a jam-packed programme of titles to discover, which will take us on a tour of the Mediterranean basin via an Official Competition buoyed by 8 titles, a Panorama section, and short film and documentary selections, not to mention a whole new competition by the name of RêVolution which looks to the future and is dedicated to young people and the major challenges they must contend with in order to break free.

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This new competition will consist of 8 films: La Traviata, My Brothers and I [+see also:
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, which is the first feature film offered up by young French director Yohan Manca (unveiled in July in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section), additional Cannes titles Casablanca Beats [+see also:
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by Morocco’s Nabil Ayouch (presented in competition) and The Sea Ahead [+see also:
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by Lebanon’s Ely Dagher (selected for the Directors’ Fortnight), Italy’s Californie [+see also:
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by Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman (awarded the Europa Cinemas Label at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori), the documentaries One More Jump [+see also:
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by Italy’s Emanuele Gerosa and Les Enfants Terribles [+see also:
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by the Turkish filmmaker living in Paris Ahmet Necdet Cupur, and, last but not least, the Lebanese movie Death of the Virgin and the Sin of Not Living by George Peter Barbari, and Not Knowing by Turkish director Leyla Yilmaz.

Eight films are likewise on the agenda in the Official Competition, having previously toured some of the larger festivals: A Chiara [+see also:
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by Italy’s Jonas Carpignano, which won the Europa Cinemas Label at the Directors’ Fortnight back in July; Greek movie Apples [+see also:
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by Christos Nikou, which opened Venice’s Orizzonti section last year; Good Mother [+see also:
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, which is the second feature coming courtesy of the French actress and now director Hafsia Herzi, presented in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section; Costa Brava Lebanon [+see also:
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, a co-production between several European countries by Lebanon’s Mounia Akl; Hive [+see also:
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, which is the first feature film offered up by Kosovar filmmaker Blerta Basholli, who triumphed at the Sundance Film Festival this year; Croatian title Murina [+see also:
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by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, which won the most recent Golden Camera award in Cannes; and finally, Tony Gatlif’s new work Tom Medina [+see also:
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, starring Belgian actor David Murgia, which was presented at the Cinéma de la Plage movie theatre in Cannes, and Nabil Ayouch’s latest opus Casablanca Beats.

A partner of Cineuropa, and the setting for the awarding of the Cineuropa Prize, the festival will thus open with a world premiere screening of La Traviata, My Brothers and I, and will close with the Israeli film Here We Are by Nir Bergman, who is one of the creative minds behind the series Be’Tipul - which was the inspiration behind In Treatment and En thérapie - and who won Cannes’ 2020 label for this very movie.

This year will also see the festival unspooling online via Sooner, from 3 to 19 December, offering up a selection of films gracing this year’s agenda, as well as titles from previous editions. The full selection can be accessed here.

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(Translated from French)

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