The Venice Film Festival screens “Nezouh” by Soudade Kaadan
The film received the Baumi Prize for screenplay development at the Berlinale and was awarded by ARTE at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Venice Film Festival premiered Soudade Kaadan’s feature film Nezuh in the Orizzonti Extra Contest of the 79th edition.
Kaadan returned to Venice with her second film four years later, when her first film, The day I lost my shadowreceived the Lion of the Future prize at the Orizzonti Competition.
Venice Artistic Director Alberto Barbera said: “After winning the Lion of the Future award in Venice, Soudade Kaadan returns to Venice once again with her second feature film, which tells the symbolic story of two women who left Damascus under the bombardments and became refugees. . He’s a black comedy legend.
The film takes place during the Syrian conflict, when a missile destroys the ceiling of the house of 14-year-old Zeina (Hala Zein). Suddenly, she sleeps for the first time under the stars and befriends Amer (Nizar Alani), the boy next door. When the violence escalates, Zeina’s mother, Hala, (Kinda Alloush) decides to leave. She fights with her husband Motaz (Samer Al Masri) who refuses to become a refugee and tries everything to prevent his family from leaving their home.
The film received the Baumi prize for the development of the screenplay at the Berlinale and received the ARTE prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sorfond prize as part of the Cinéfondation workshop. In addition, it has received support from the Torino Film Lab, the Doha Film Institute and the British Film Institute (national lottery fund).
Filmed in Turkey, Nezuh is written and directed by Soudade Kaadan. It is produced by KAF Productions (Soudade Kaadan) and Berkeley Media Group (Yu-Fai Suen) in association with Ex Nihilo (Marc Bordure). Nezuh stars Kinda Alloush, Samer Al Masri, Hala Zein, Nizar Alani and Darina Al Joundi, and filmed by eminent cinematographer Hélène Louvart. Mad Solutions is handling the film’s distribution in the Arab world while mk2 films is in charge of the film’s worldwide sales. Moreover, it is distributed in France by Pyramide and financed by FILM4 and Stars Collective.
Born in France, Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director who studied theater criticism at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art and graduated from the Institute of Stage, Audiovisual and Cinematographic Studies (IESAV),