10 films supported by DFI selected for the 2022 Cannes Film Festival
The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has reached a new milestone with an impressive list of 10 films backed by the region’s leading film organization selected for the prestigious 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
The Institute continues to uphold its proud heritage by supporting captivating films from around the world that are making headlines on the international film festival circuit this year too with one of the biggest performances at Cannes 2022 to be held from 17 to May 28. Among the films selected, five will be screened in Un Certain Regard, four in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and one film will be screened in the ACID section.
In addition, three films by Qatari and regional talent, promoted by the Institute, have also been selected for the Cinéfondation Atelier de Cannes.
Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, CEO of DFI, said: “For several years, the films supported by the Institute have made headlines at the Cannes Film Festival, which reinforces the quality of the projects we nurture. This year, with an impressive selection of films, including new directors, we are contributing more to world cinema through captivating films that have universal resonance. Our mission is to celebrate independent voices in film and the proud selection at Cannes, considered the epitome of great cinema, is a testament to our commitment to supporting important voices in film.
Among the films screened at Un Certain Regard are:
• ‘All The People I’ll Never Be’ (France, Germany, Belgium, South Korea, Romania, Qatar) by Davy Chou
• ‘Plan 75’ (Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar) by Hayakawa Chie
• ‘Domingo and the Mist’ (Costa Rica, Qatar) by Ariel Escalante Meza
• ‘Mediterranean Fever’ (Palestine, France, Germany, Cyprus, Qatar) by Maha Haj
• ‘Harka’ (Egypt, France, Tunisia, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Qatar) by Lotfy Nathan
The films screened in the Directors’ Fortnight, an independent selection from the Cannes Film Festival, are:
• ‘Ashkal’ (Tunisia, France, Qatar), directed by Youssef Chebbi.
• ‘Under the fig trees’ (Tunisia, Switzerland, Qatar, France) by Erige Sehiri
• ‘The Dam’ (Lebanon, France, Sudan, Germany, Serbia, Qatar) by Ali Cherri
• ‘1976’ (Chile, Qatar) by Manuela Martelli
The parallel program of the Independent Cinema Association for its Diffusion (L’ACID) in Cannes is dedicated to exceptional independent films. This year, the film ‘Polaris’ (France, Greenland, Qatar) by Ainara Vera supported by DFI will be screened at ACID. .
The three films of the Cinéfondation Atelier de Cannes, supported by the Institute, were selected for the quality of the previous achievements of their directors and the potential of their current projects. The chosen films are:
• ‘Cotton Queen’ (Sudan, Qatar) by Suzannah Mirghani
• “Hamlet from the Slums” (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar) by Ahmed Fawzi-Saleh
• ‘Al Baseer – The Blind Ferryman’ (Iraq, Switzerland, Qatar) by Ali al-Fatlawi