Three DFI-funded films win awards at the Venice International Film Festival – Doha News
This comes as the representation of Arab cinema at international film festivals is on the rise.
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani took to Instagram on Monday to congratulate the three films funded by the Doha Film Institute that won awards at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.
Sheikha founded the non-profit Doha Film Institute in 2010 with the aim of fostering the development of the Qatari film industry and giving producers access to funding and global networking opportunities.
The film festival is organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. This year it took place at the Venice Lido from August 31 to September 10. It is officially recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).
Nezouh by Soudad Kaadan
Nezouh received the ‘Extra Horizons – Armani Spectators Award’.
Directed by Soudade Kaadan, the film tells the story of Zeina, a Syrian girl whose house ceiling was destroyed by a missile in Damascus during the war. It was then that she first slept at the age of twelve, having even been forbidden to open a window.
She meets the boy next door, Amer, and experiences the outside world for the first time. As Zeina sees her father, Mutaz crying over the damage done to his home and way of life, she begins to feel bad about his fleeting happiness.
Amer’s family decides to flee when the level of violence in Damascus escalates. Zeina’s father, however, is keen not to leave his family behind and does everything in his power to keep them in their home.
But the women of the family decide that they have nothing more to lose and join the others on the run.
Dirty, difficult, dangerous by Wissam Charaf
The film tells the story of Ahmed, a Syrian refugee with hundreds of bullet wounds on his body, who was wandering the streets of Beirut looking for metal objects to recycle, when he thought he fell in love with Mehdia , an Ethiopian housekeeper.
However, such a tale seems nearly impossible in their town.
Mehdia struggled. Her employer, Old Ibrahim, whom she cared for, was going mad, and his wife Leila was unable to continue. Mehdia made the decision to flee with Ahmed, and so began an adventure that took them to the eastern border where Ahmed’s family sought refuge.
Autobiography of Makbul Mubarak
Autobiography examines how Indonesia’s military dictatorship has affected the country’s youth and follows a young man torn between justice and devotion and who must face the truth about his father figure, a retired general, which could put them both in danger.
The film was co-produced by Indonesia, France, Singapore, Poland, the Philippines, Germany and Qatar in seven countries.