Seven AFAC-supported Films Play Venice and Locarno Festivals
30 Jul 2019

Seven AFAC-supported films will take part in the various sections of the upcoming Venice and Locarno film festivals this summer, confirming a strong Arab presence in the international film scene.

"A Son" by Mehdi Barsaoui from Tunisia will have its world premiere in the official selection of the 76th Venice Film Festival (August 28-September 7), where it will compete in the Orizzonti section, dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema.

Moreover, the feature film All this Victory by AFAC grantee Ahmed Ghossein from Lebanon has been selected as one of seven films to debut at the Venice International Film Critic’s Week.

On the fringes of the Venice Film Festival, the AFAC-supported debut feature film You Will Die at Twenty by Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Al Ala will have its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Days (Giornate Degli Autori). The film was selected as one of twelve films worldwide to compete for a $22,000 grand prize, and is the first Sudanese film to screen in Venice.

The Final Cut in Venice has selected two AFAC- supported films to take part in the workshop (August 31-September 2): Another Day in Baghdad by Maysoon Pachachi (Iraq) and Mica by Ismael Ferroukhi (Morocco). Other Arab films participating in the workshop are Nardjes, Alger, Mars 2019 by Karim Ainouz (Algeria) and Captains of Za’atari by Ali El-Arabi (Egypt).

Another renowned international film festival, the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland (August 7-17), will showcase two AFAC-supported films. Syrian filmmaker Maya Khoury’s During Revolution will compete within the International Competition section, while Larissa Sansour from Palestine will screen her short In Vitro in the Pardi di domani category. Both will be eligible for prizes, including the Golden Leopard prize, which was awarded to the AFAC- supported documentary Chaos by Sara Fattahi in 2018.