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Locarno: French Thesp Hafsia Herzi Stars in ‘Love’

11 August 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno— “The Love of Men” (“L’Amour des hommes”), a new project from Tunisian Mehdi Ben Attia, has been pitched the last several days days at Locarno’s co-production lab Open Doors.

The main character will be played by rising French thesp Hafsia Herzi (Abdellatif Kechiche’s “The Secret of the Grain,” Bertrand Bonello’s “House of Tolerance”),  Ben Attia told Variety.

Herzi took Venice’s Marcello Mastroianni Award and the most promising actress award at the Cesars in 2008 for “Grain.”

Helmer-actor-writer Ben Attia’s previous films include Claudia Cardinale starrer “The String” and “I Am Not Dead,” with Maria de Medeiros.

“Love” centers on a young woman. “She is a photographer and she makes portraits. The film’s form and content join together in this idea. ‘Love’ is a ‘film portrait’. I want to take advantage of cinema resources in order to observe human beings in depth,” Ben Attia said. »

- Emilio Mayorga

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‘Siens,’ ‘Hommes,’ ‘Retina’ Enter Locarno’s Open Doors

3 August 2015 6:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno— Hassan Legzouli’s “Dieu reconnaitra les siens,” Mehdi Ben Attia’s “L’Amour des hommes” and Nejib Belkadhi’s “Retina” are among 12 projects to be pitched at Locarno’s Open Doors showcase, a co-production forum focusing this year on Africa’s Maghreb countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.

Taking place August 8-11 at the Swiss fest, the event will grant an Open Doors Award, worth CHF50,000 ($51,827); a €20,000 ($22,149) second cash kudo; and a new plaudit granted by a new initiative of the European Union’s Med Culture program –  Icam (Investing in Culture & Art in the South Mediterranean). France’s Cnc film-tv board and broadcaster Arte will also offer prizes.

Six out of 12 projects are debuts. The rest are mostly second or third features.

“Dieu reconnaitra les siens” is the third feature of Hassan Legzouli (“Testament”) whose Celluloid Dreams-sold “The Golden Calf,” a story about a disaffected teen, shared San »

- Emilio Mayorga

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