Ezekiel boards Ziad Doueiri’s L’Insulte

Exclusive: Previous investments include Clouds of Sils Maria and Under the Starry Sky.

Ezekiel Film Production, the fledgling film financing body set up by Lebanese financier Antoun Sehnaoui in association with French actress and producer Julie Gayet, has boarded compatriot filmmaker Ziad Doueiri’s upcoming L’Insulte.

The picture, produced by Jean Bréhat and Rachid Bouchareb at Paris-based 3B Productions, is due to shoot later this year. It revolves around a trivial dispute between a Palestinian Muslim man, living in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, and a Lebanese Christian which ends up in court and risks bringing Lebanon to the brink of war.

“The script is finished,” said Bréhat. “There’s no cast as yet but they will probably be Palestinian and Lebanese,” said Bréhat.

Doueiri’s last film The Attack, about an Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv whose life is shattered when his wife commits a suicide attack in the city, was banned
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SnagFilms and Unifrance Launch My French Film Festival

SnagFilms and Unifrance Launch My French Film Festival
Unifrance launches the second edition of the virtual My French Film Festival today, with SnagFilms as the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for cable, satellite and VOD. Running January 12 to February 1 on and on video-on-demand in the U.S. via SnagFilms (parent company of Indiewire), the competitive festival includes 10 features and 10 shorts and a multitude of available languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. All features are first or second films that were released since January 2010 in France, and the shorts have all been produced since 2010. Actors include Léa Seydoux, Anaïs Demoustier and Pio Marmaï, and filmmakers include Louis Garrel, Xabi Molia and Katell Quillévéré. Films will be selected to receive the Audience Prize, the International Press Prize and the Social Networks Prize, with...
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39th Fnc: 2010 Edition is a Festival Heavy on Discovery

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Apart from the classic auteurs in the Special Presentations section, the 39th Festival du nouveau cinéma will be filled to the gills in new works from across the globe. I view the extremely popular film festival as sort of a B-side for film festival circuit items that generally find a spot in a major film fest such as Cannes and afterwards would normally fall through the cracks. Think the Nyff's much wilder, Canadian cousin. Over 295 films - this includes shorts, fiction and documentary, animation, retrospectives, tributes, professional panels, outdoor interactive installations, the festival which takes place between the 13th to the 24th of October, furiously promotes not only world talent, but local French Canadian filmmakers. Among the notable titles, we have Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro volte, Olivier Assayas' Carlos and Alex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus and Wang Bing will be in town for a Master Class for Venice-winning The Ditch.
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Remains of the Day: Christopher Doyle at Tiff, Ballast on VOD, Barthes on Charlie Rose

  • Lots of Fall festival news today from New York, Toronto and Spain and I know what my first piece of Tiff coverage will be: Christopher DoyleChristopher Doyle
[/link]'s "Picture Start" (Doyle (Happy Together) reconsiders how images evolve before the director’s call to “action” and what happens to them after the “cut.” Doyle superimposes directives from traditional film leader on to the processed still film and filmmaking images he has created during his extensive career. Curated by Noah Cowan at the Indexg, 50 Gladstone Avenue in Toronto. Here is a look at eight and 1/2 news items that we didn't have enough time to cover but are worth mentioning here for August 11th... 1. Tell Me Where you are Josh!Blair Witch creators looking to make a sequel. Must be out of money and ideas. (Via 2. Charlie, Sophie and Giamatti Cold Souls director and star on Charlie Rose last night. 3. San
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