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'Zaineb Hates The Snow' triumphs at Carthage Film Festival

7 November 2016 3:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tunisian film festival dedicated to Arab and African cinema celebrated 50th anniversary this year.

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania has won the grand prize, or Tanit d’Or, at Tunisia’s Carthage Film Festival for her feature-length documentary Zaineb Hates the Snow.

Shot over a six-year period, the film follows a young Tunisian girl’s difficult passage to adolescence after she moves to Quebec from Tunisia shortly after the death of her father in an accident.

Ben Hania – whose past works includes the mockumentary The Blade of Tunis – filmed the documentary’s young protagonist from the age of nine-years-old to 15.

Carthage’s top prize the Tanit d’Or takes its name from the lunar goddess of ancient Carthage, the ruins of which act as the backdrop for some of the festival’s screenings.

It was the second win for Zeineb Hates the Snow in recent days. The feature was also awarded best documentary prize at the CineMed »

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'Zeineb Hates The Snow' triumphs at Carthage Film Festival

7 November 2016 3:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tunisian film festival dedicated to Arab and African cinema celebrated 50th anniversary this year.

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania has won the grand prize, or Tanit d’Or, at Tunisia’s Carthage Film Festival for her feature-length documentary Zeineb Hates the Snow.

Shot over a six-year period, the film follows a young Tunisian girl’s difficult passage to adolescence after she moves to Quebec from Tunisia shortly after the death of her father in an accident.

Ben Hania – whose past works includes the mockumentary The Blade of Tunis – filmed the documentary’s young protagonist from the age of nine-years-old to 15.

Carthage’s top prize the Tanit d’Or takes its name from the lunar goddess of ancient Carthage, the ruins of which act as the backdrop for some of the festival’s screenings.

It was the second win for Zeineb Hates the Snow in recent days. The feature was also awarded best documentary prize at the CineMed »

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Pre Cannes Buzz: What Will Be Making Noise at the Croisette

11 May 2016 2:28 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The International Film Festival of Cannes, May 11th to 22nd, is the largest media event in the world after the Olympics.  The Red Carpet Gala Premieres of world renowned auteur films, movie stars plus their photos go to every newspaper, magazine and television station in the world.

This year we’ll see the stars (and directors with their entourages) in films by Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch, Jodie Foster ♀, Stephen Spielberg, Jeff Nichols, Sean Penn, Nicolas Winding Refn, Pedro Almodóvar, Ashghar Farhadi, Andrea Arnold ♀, Olivier Assayas, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Xavier Dolan, Bruno Dumont, Nicole Garcia ♀, Ken Loach, Paul Verhoeven, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, David Mackenzie, Matt Ross, Shane Black, Paul Schrader, Rithy Panh and others from almost 30 countries as they pose on the red carpet.

The Official Selection Competition shows films of bankable masters and Un Certain Regard spotlights original and young talent. The Official Selection also includes Out of Competition films, Special Screenings, Midnight Screenings, Cannes Classics, and the Cinéfondation Selection targeting film schools.  The Cannes Short Film Corner offers a panorama of short film production worldwide.

There are more short films in the festival and three other “sidebar” festivals which have evolved since Cannes began in 1946.   Directors banded together to create the Directors’ Fortnight, critics created the Critics Week and 20 years ago independent filmmakers created Acid.

And with all this hoopla, there are less than 95 feature films screening in all.

At the same time, there is an enormous film market called the Marché du Film. It is the most important event of the film industry, the meeting point for more than 10,000 professionals, including 3,200 producers, 1,500 international sales agents licensing almost 4,000 films and projects to 2,300 distributors from everywhere in the world (about 60 “territories” covering Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Asia and North America), and 790 festival organizers all there to discover the gems which will make them stand out.

There are gala parties, panel discussions hosted by many different organizations, and for the past three years there has been an increasingly bright spotlight on women and the need for parity in all areas of the film industry.

Traditional theatrical and movie channel buyers are looking for undiscovered jewels, whether in the festival or in the market, films which they judge will be most appealing to their audiences. 

In the market itself, Cmg is selling directors Dorota Kobiela and Welchman’s “Loving Vincent”, an animated story of Vincent Van Gogh, still unfinished but which has “presold” in 17 territories.  It features over 120 of Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest paintings with a plot drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, leading us to the significant people and events in the time leading up to his unexpected death.

The other big issue today is the unequal number of women in the directors’ ranks…4% worldwide is not representative of the 51% population.  Cannes is working to show its interest in improving the numbers. The need to find and show good films by women is important to everyone.

Cambodia and Singapore. Critics’ Week, devoted to first and second features, chose 10 films out of 1,100 feature-length submissions and is dominated by female film-makers, with Justine Triet’s “In Bed With Victoria”, a crime thriller, selected as the opening film. And totally unique, closing night will be three short films – including Chloë Sevigny’s adaptation of the Paul Bowles novel “Kitty”, “Smile” (“Bonne Figure”) by Sandrine Kiberlain of France and “En moi” by Laetitia Casta of France.

Other films from afar include the Opening Night film of Un Certain Regard, “Eshtebak” (“Clash”) by Egypt’s Mohamed Diab, Cambodia’s “Diamond island” by Davy Chou in Competition in Critics’ Week, a Cambodian-French-German coproduction.  There are two films from Lebanon, “Fallen From Heaven” a first feature in Acid and “Tramontane” in Critics Week.  From Tunisia comes Karim Dridi’s “Chouf” in the Official Selection Special Screenings.

Perhaps the most exotic film showing is the Afghanistan-Denmark- France-Sweden coproduction, “Wolf and Sheep” in Directors’ Fortnight.  In her debut feature, the young Afghan filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat portrays the community in a small village in rural Afghanistan through shepherd children.

Although he is still confined in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange will make an appearance at the Cannes film festival – via Laura Poitras’s documentary “Risk”, which has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

Iran’s famous Oscar-winning (“A Separation”) director, Asghar Farhadi is here with “Inversion”.

 As always everyone will be running on adrenalin trying to accomplish everything in ten neverending days.

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- Sydney Levine

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Gibson stars in Cannes late entries by Richard Mowe - 2016-04-22 17:45:26

22 April 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Midnight movie: Mel Gibson stars in Jean-François Richet’s Blood Father at the Cannes Film Festival Photo: Cannes Film Festival

David Mackenzie’s new film, Hell Or High Water, which stars Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges has been added to the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section.

The film deals with a divorced father and his ex-con brother who dream up a desperate scheme to save the family farm in West Texas, and it marks Mackenzie’s first feature film outing since Starred Up in 2013.

Scene from The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi Photo: Cannes Film Festival

Other additions to the Festival line-up include The Salesman by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, which will receive its world premiere in competition.

Mohamed Diab’s Clash will open Un Certain Regard while French director Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father, starring Mel Gibson, has secured a Midnight Screening slot.

Thierry Fremaux, »

- Richard Mowe

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Cannes: Asghar Farhadi's 'The Salesman' joins Competition

22 April 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Seven additions made to Official Selection, including Blood Father starring Mel Gibson, the new feature from Starred Up director David Mackenzie and a Joseph Kony documentary.Click here for updated Official Selection

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is to compete for the Palme d’Or with his latest feature, The Salesman, following several additions to Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection.

The addition of the Farsi-language project, which racked up sales for Memento Films International at Berlin in February, takes the total number of films in Competition to 21.

The Salesman revolves around a couple whose relationship turns violent due to societal pressures. Long-time Farhadi collaborators Taraneh Alidoosti, who played the epnymous role in About Elly, and Shahab Hosseini, who appeared in Farhadi’s Golden Bear and Oscar-winning A Separation, co-star as the central couple.

Farhadi was last in Competition at Cannes in 2013 with his previous film, The Past, which won the Ecumenical Jury prize.

Un Certain »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes 2016. Lineup

22 April 2016 8:20 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 69th edition of the festival:COMPETITIONOpening Night: Café Society (Woody Allen) [Out of Competition]Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)La Fille Inconnue (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)Juste La Fin du Monde (Xavier Dolan)Ma Loute (Bruno Dumont)Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)Rester Vertical (Alain Guiraudie)Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)Mal de Pierres (Nicole Garcia)I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)Ma' Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu)Loving (Jeff Nichols)Agassi (Park Chan-Wook)The Last Face (Sean Penn)Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)Elle (Paul Verhoeven)The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding-Refn)The Salesman (Asgha Farhadi)Un Certain REGARDOpening Film: Clash (Mohamed Diab)Varoonegi (Behnam Behzadi)Apprentice (Boo Junfeng)Voir du Pays (Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin)La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Giusto)La »

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Cannes 2016 Adds New Films From Asghar Farhadi, David Mackenzie, and More

22 April 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As usual, even though they initially announced the line-up, Cannes has a few more titles to add their slate, including one of our most-anticipated films of the year. Asghar Farhadi will return to the festival with The Salesman, which reunites him with regulars Shahab Hosseini (About Elly, A Separation) and Tareneh Alidoosti (About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday). Playing in competition, it was reported the drama centers on a couple performing together in Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman.

Other titles includes the Mel Gibson-led action thriller Blood Father (see the railer here) and David Mackenzie‘s Starred Up follow-up, the western crime drama Hell or High Water, scripted by Sicario’s Taylor Sheridan and starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges. Check out the additions below.

In Competition

The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Un Certain Regard

Opening film: Eshtebak (Clash) by Mohamed Diab (Egypt)

Hell Or High Water »

- Jordan Raup

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Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Joins Cannes Film Festival Competition

22 April 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– “The Salesman” by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, will be world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Films Festival has also added David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water” to Un Certain Regard and announced that Mohamed Diab’s “Clash” will open that section of the official selection. Meanwhile Jean-Francois Richet’s “Blood Father” with Mel Gibson snatched up a Midnight Screening slot.

Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director of Cannes Film Festival has also added three films to the Special Screenings section: Jonathan Littell’s “Wrong Elements” from the U.S. and a pair of French pics, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet’s “La Foret de Quinconces” and Karim Dridi’s “Chouf.”

The fest also announced that Iggy Pop will be attending the screening of Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger” on May 19.

More to come.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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