Two AFAC-supported films will screen at the “Signs of Life” section of the forthcoming 70th Locarno Film Festival (2-12 August): Basma Alsharif’s Ouroboros (Palestine) and Rana Eid’s Panoptic (Lebanon).
Ouroboros portrays Diego Marcon, a man with a broken heart who journeys into the heart of the human condition on a single day that stretches between Native American territories, to the ancient city of Matera, a castle in Brittany, and the ruins of the Gaza Strip. Ouroboros, an experimental feature film, is an homage to Gaza and to hoping beyond hopelessness.
On the surface, Lebanon is a vibrant city driven by consumerism and an eagerness for modern life. Beneath this façade however is a subterranean landscape of remains from the country’s macabre history, hidden from the population above. Rana Eid’s feature documentary Panoptic explores this underground level to reveal how, although invisible, it is nonetheless present within the soul of the Lebanese people.
The above two films are part of a bigger presence for Arab cinema at the Festival with a total of 6 films: including Wajib by Annemarie Jacir (Palestine), Le Fort des fous by Narimane Mari (Algeria) and Tshweesh by Feyrouz Serhal (Lebanon) in addition to a special screening of Al-momia by Chadi Abdel Salam (Egypt) as part of the section Histoire(s) du Cinéma.
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