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PROGRAMME: Cairo hosts Cannes' ACID film week

A vibrant selection of films previously selected by Cannes Film Festival's ACID will be screened at different venues in Cairo

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Aug 2016
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Between 31 August and 6 September, a film selection from Cannes Film Festival's ACID (Association du cinéma indépendant pour sa diffusion) will debut in Cairo, with daily screenings at Zawya, Cimatheque-Alternative Film Centre and the French Institute.

ACID is a "film directors' association that has been promoting the dissemination of independent films in movie theatres and encouraging debates between authors and audiences for 23 years," reads the programme description.

Created in 1993, the ACID programme at Cannes is an annual event where 15 filmmakers who are also members of the ACID association and whose work was formerly screened in Cannes select nine feature films, “to give visibility to directors whose work is scarcely distributed, in order to facilitate a theatrical release.”

Opening the festival on 31 August will be Egyptian band Salalem, who will perform at the French Institute at 9:30 pm.

Some of the feature films scheduled to screen in the aforementioned venues include Swagger (Olivier Babinet, 2016), Cosmodrama (Philippe Fernandez, 2015), A Roundabout in my Head (Hassan Ferhani, 2015), Pauline (Emilie Brisavoine, 2015), Iranian (Mehran Tamadon, 2014), Brooklyn (Pascal Tessaud, 2014), Age of Panic (Justine Triet, 2013), Le Challat de Tunis (Kaouther Ben Hania, 2013), Cattle (Emmanuel Gras, 2011), Fix Me (Raed Andoni, 2010) Boxing Gym (Frederick Wiseman, 2010) and Noor (Çağla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti, 2012).

Screenings will take place at 7.30pm at all venues.

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PROGRAMME

Wednesday 31 August

Roundabout in my Head (France/Algeria, 2015)
Directed by Hassen Ferhani
The film won Documentaire sur Grand Écran Award at the Amiens International Film Festival in 2015 and the Best International Documentary Film at the Torino Film Festival, the same year. It was also nominated to the Grand Prix at the Fribourg International Film Festival (2016).
Screening at Zawya

Boxing Gym (USA, 2010)
Directed by Frederick Wiseman
Wiseman won several awards for his work including the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and the American Society of Cinematographers Award of Distinction.
Screening at Cimatheque

Swagger (France, 2016)
Directed by Olivier Babinet
Screening at French Institute

Thursday 1 September

Fix Me (Palestine/France, 2010)
Directed by Raed Andoni
A witty psychological examination on life under occupation. The film was awarded at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, and was nominated at the Sundance and Dubai International Film Festivals.
Screening at Zawya

Oh La La Pauline! (France, 2015)
Directed by Emilie Brisavoine
The film was nominated to Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (2015)
Screening at Cimatheque

Cosmodrama (France, 2015)
Directed by Philippe Fernandez
The film was nominated to FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (2015)
Screening at French Institute

Friday 2 September

Le Challat de Tunis (Tunisia/France, 2013)
Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
The film garnered a number of awards including the French Union of Film Critics Award at the 2014 Amiens International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Muhr Arab Award at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival.
Screening at Zawya

Age of Panic (France, 2013)
Directed and scripted by Justine Triet
The film was nominated for a number of awards. Actor Vincent Macaigne garnered the Best Male Newcomer at the 2014 Étoiles d'Or in France and Best Actor award at Mar del Plata Film Festival
Screening at Cimatheque

Brooklyn (France, 2014)
Directed by Pascal Tessaud
Brooklyn centres on a young girl who leaves Switzerland to Paris where she explores hip-hop music.
Screening at the French Institute

Saturday 3 September

Swagger (France, 2016)
Directed by Olivier Babinet
Screening at Zawya

Fix Me (Palestine/France, 2010)
Directed by Raed Andoni
A witty psychological examination on life under occupation. The film was awarded at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, and was nominated at the Sundance and Dubai International Film Festivals.
Screening at Cimatheque

Cattle (France, 2011)
Directed by Emmanuel Gras
A film on the daily life of cows. It was nominated for the César Award for Best Documentary.
Screening at the French Institute

Sunday 4 September

Iranian (France/Switzerland/Iran, 2014)
Directed by Mehran Tamadon
The film garnered the Cinéma du Réel Award in 2014. It also won Gandhi's Glasses Award as well as a Special Mention at the 2014 Torino Film Festival.
Screening at Zawya

Le Challat de Tunis (Tunisia/France, 2013)
Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
The film garnered a number of awards including the French Union of Film Critics Award at the 2014 Amiens International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Muhr Arab Award at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival.
Screening at Cimatheque

Noor (France/Pakistan 2012)
Directed by by Çağla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanett
The film garnered the Best Film award at Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the grand prize at Chéries-Chéris.
Screening at the French Institute

Monday 5 September

Brooklyn (France, 2014)
Directed by Pascal Tessaud
Brooklyn centres on a young girl who leaves Switzerland to Paris where she explores hip-hop music.
Screening at Zawya

Cosmodrama (France, 2015)
Directed by Philippe Fernandez
The film was nominated to FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (2015)
Screening at Cimatheque

Oh La La Pauline! (France, 2015)
Directed by Emilie Brisavoine
The film was nominated to Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (2015)
Screening at French Institute

Tuesday 6 September

Noor (France/Pakistan 2012)
The film garnered the Best Film award at Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the grand prize at Chéries-Chéris.
Screening at Zawya

Roundabout in my Head (France/Algeria, 2015)
Directed by Hassen Ferhani
The film won Documentaire sur Grand Écran Award at the Amiens International Film Festival in 2015 and the Best International Documentary Film at the Torino Film Festival, the same year. It was also nominated to the Grand Prix at the Fribourg International Film Festival (2016).
Screening at Cimatheque

Iranian (France/Switzerland/Iran, 2014)
Directed by Mehran Tamadon
The film garnered the Cinéma du Réel Award in 2014. It also won Gandhi's Glasses Award as well as a Special Mention at the 2014 Torino Film Festival.
Screening at the French Institute 

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