The Venice Film Market’s Final Cut in Venice workshop, which provides support and partnership opportunities to films from Africa and the Arab world, has partnered with Cairo and Abu Dhabi-based marketing and distribution company Mad Solutions and also with Abu Dhabi’s Sanaad fund.These partnerships underscore how Final Cut, which started out three years ago with a focus on African movies, is shifting more towards Arab cinema because “there just aren’t that many African movies out there,” says VFM topper Pascal Diot.The MAD Solutions award comprises promotional and distribution services in the Arab world offered to one of the contending film projects in the workshop, not necessarily and Arab title.
More than 50 films were submitted for the Final Cut in Venice workshop and six projects were selected to participate: “Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim” by Sherif Elbendary (Egypt) “House in the Fields” by Tala Hadid (Morocco) “Path of Paradise” by Atia Al Daradji (Iraq) “Roosters of Beirut” by Ziad Kalthoum (Syria) “Separation” by Hakar Abdulqadir (Iraq) “Zaineb Hates the Snow” (pictured) by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia) Final Cut will take place at VFM Sept.
(2007) This Hollywood release stars Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Batman, and involves the story of a team of US FBI agents who travel to Saudi Arabia to investigate the bombing of an American compound.
The film was not shot in Saudi Arabia, but in the state of Arizona, in Mexico, and in Abu Dhabi.
(2007) This is a French animated film that is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, and tells the tale of an Iranian girl coming of age during the Islamic Revolution.
Happy to have company, he entertains the children with fictional stories of his adventures traveling the world, while encouraging them to have their own dreams and ambitions. The film won numerous awards, including the Muhr Award for Best Actor at the 2007 Dubai International Film Festival and the Audience Award for World Cinema-Dramatic at the 2008 Sundance Festival.
(translated varyingly as "Utopia" or "Dreams") (2006) This film, written and directed by Iraqi-Dutch director Mohamed Al Daradji, was filmed in Baghdad in 2004 — yes, in the middle of the war.The drama tells the story of the past and current lives of three Iraqi mental patients amidst the "Shock and Awe" campaign of the invasion of Iraq. The film won awards at the Brooklyn International Film Festival, the Carthage Film Festival, the Istanbul International Film Festival, and the Leeds International Film Festival.Mohamed Al-daradji was (2006) A moody drama by Iranian-British director Rafi Pitts, which focuses on three residents of Tehran, Iran - a husband who leaves his wife and daughter to work abroad, the wife he left behind, and the new man who moves into the neighborhood. (2005) This romantic drama was written and directed by a British- Yemeni playwright, Bader Ben Hirsi, and was shot in Sana'a, Yemen.This film won the Jury Prize Ex-aequo, 2007, at the Cannes Festival.(2007) This Hollywood release stars Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Peter Sarsgaard, with Alan Arkin and Meryl Streep.A CIA agent, played by Gyllenhaal, begins to question his work, when he is assigned to supervise the torture of a detainee at a secret detention centre outside of the United States.