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Venice Film Fest to screen 10 films supported by DFI.

Still Recording (Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar) is a 2017 Qumra project and feature documentary by Saeed al-Batal and Ghiath Ayoub.

As many as 10 films, all recipients of the Doha Film Institute (DFI) Grants Programme, have been selected to screen to an audience of film critics, industry professionals and visitors at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival (VIFF) and parallel sections; the International Critics' Week and the Giornate degli Autori which opened yesterday. "Ten bold films with powerful themes that reflect gritty stories of the region, and supported by our Grants programme, have headed to Venice, where they have the opportunity to gain international interest and recognition," DFI CEO Fatma al-Remaihi said. "Our Grants programme is central to our commitment to nurturing emerging talents, and we are delighted that the works of 10 filmmakers in different stages of production are heading to Venice. We will continue to focus on strengthening the capability of aspiring talents locally and across the region," she added. Two films are in the Orizzonti segment, an international competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in global cinema, and two in Venice Days, a series of films independently promoted by the Italian Filmmakers Association (ANC) and by the 100 Autori Association. In the Orizzonti category are: The Day I Lost My Shadow (Syria, Lebanon, Qatar) by Soudade Kaadan, about Sana, a young mother struggling to raise her child in war-torn Syria in 2012; and Unremember (Brazil, France, Qatar) by Flavia Castro, about Joana, a 15-year-old who feeds her soul with literature and rock. In Venice Days is Screwdriver (Palestine, US, Qatar) by Bassam Jarbawi, which presents the life of Ziad, the star of the Jalazon Refugee Camp basketball team in Palestine. For the first time in 10 years, one documentary is among the three finalists competing for the Lux Film Prize. Directed by Mila Turajlic, The Other Side of Everything (Serbia, France, Qatar), is a feature documentary about an apartment in Belgrade that turns a family chronicle into a portrait of a country in political turmoil, which premiered at last year's IDFA, where it won the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length documentary. Underlining the strong international inroads being made by films supported by the DFI, the selection includes three films to be screened in the International Critics' Week segment, which features a series of debut-works that are independently organised by a commission appointed by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics. The films chosen to the International Critics' Week are: A Kasha (Sudan, South Africa, Germany, Qatar) by Hajooj Kuka, nurtured at DFI's annual industry event Qumra in 2018; Still Recording (Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar), a 2017 Qumra project and feature documentary by Saeed al-Batal and Ghiath Ayoub; and You Have the Night (Montenegro, Serbia, Qatar) by Ivan Salatic, about Sanja. Three films are in the Venice Production Bridge, which focuses on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress. Selected at the Venice Gap Financing Market are: All This Victory (Lebanon, France, Germany, Qatar) by Ahmad Ghossein; and the 2017 Qumra project The Unknown Saint (Morocco, France, Qatar) by Alaa Eddine Aljem. Haifa Street (Iraq, Qatar) by Mohanad Hayal has been chosen to the Final Cut category that aims to provide concrete assistance in the completion of films from all African nations and from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. The 75th VIFF, organised by La Biennale di Venezia, is officially recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Association. The aim of the festival, running until September 8, is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

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Date:Aug 30, 2018
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