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Crossroads

List of films to be screened within Crossroads section of the 9th Panorama of the European Film which runs between 2 and 12 November 2016

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Oct 2016
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A SYRIAN LOVE STORY

Country: United Kingdom, France, Lebanon, Syria

Year: 2015

Director: Sean McAllister

Running Time: 76 min

Language: English, Arabic, French

Subtitles: English

Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When the director, McAllister, first meets their family in 2009, Raghda is back in prison leaving Amer to look after their 4 boys alone; but as the ‘Arab Spring’ sweeps the region, the family’s fate shifts irrevocably. Filmed over 5 years, the film charts their incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

Nominated for Outstanding Debut - BAFTA Awards 2016

Grand Jury Prize - Sheffield Documentary IFF 2015

Jury Prize - Watch Docs IFF 2015

A Syrian Love Story
(Photo: still from A Syrian Love Story)

AT TITI’S BALCONY / AU BALCON DE TITI

Country : France, Egypte

 

Year : 2016

 

Director : Yasmina Benari

 

Genre : Documentary

 

Running Time : 94 min

 

Language : French

 

Subtitles : English

 

Titi is a 84-year-old Jewish Egyptian communist. Through his identity, his friends, his battles, and his civic choices, he embodies the polyglot, politicized, and secular country that once was. From his balcony, facing his “piece of Midan,” a part of the world renowned Tahrir Square, he has watched history unfold since 1935. At Titi's Balcony is a voyage, oscillating between inner and outer worlds. As you open the blinds, you will experience the space between Titi's colorful past, fleeting images of the present, and the onrushing kaleidoscope we call the future.

 
AT TITI’S BALCONY
(Photo: still from At Titi's Balcony)

GO HOME

Country: France, Switzerland, Belgium, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates

Year: 2015

Director: Jihane Chouaib

Running Time: 100 min

Language: Arabic, French

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Nada is going home. Or at least she wants to. When she comes back to Lebanon, she realizes she’s a foreigner in her own country. But there’s still a place she calls home: an abandoned house in ruins, haunted by the presence of her grandfather who disappeared mysteriously during the civil war. Something happened in this house, something violent. Searching for the truth, Nada will discover herself.

Nominated Muhr Award - Dubai IFF 2015

Nominated for Best International Feature Film - Edinburgh IFF 2016

Nominated for Best Film by an Emerging Director - Munich IFF 2016

Go Home
(Photo: still from Go Home)

THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED

Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Afghanistan

Year: 2015

Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue

Running Time: 87 min

Language: English, Persian

Subtitles: English

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir. In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan.

Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography - Sundance IFF 2016

Official Selection - Rotterdam IFF 2016

The Land of the Enlightened
(Photo: still from The Land of the Enlightened)

THE LAST OMELETTE - THE MAKING OF THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED

 

Country : Belgium

 

Year : 2016

 

Director : Grégoire Verbeke

 

Genre : Making of

 

Running Time : 52 min

 

Language : Dutch, English

 

Subtitles : English

 

The story behind the documentary The Land of the Enlightened is as fascinating as the film itself. Shooting over a period of seven years in the chaotic, dangerous and unpredictable war zone of Afghanistan was no easy task. This 'making of' shows that filmmaking is not only a skill but also an art in perseverance and flexibility.

The Last Omelette
(Photo: still from The Last Omelette)

PARISIENNE / PEUR DE RIEN

Country: France

Year: 2015

Director: Danielle Arbid

Running Time: 119 min

Language: Arabic, French

Subtitles: English, Arabic

The 90’s. Lina, 18, arrives to Paris for her studies. She is looking for what she can’t find in her home country Lebanon, a taste of freedom. Lead by her natural instinct for self-preservation, she experiences different sides of the Parisian jungle and becomes conscious of her own place. Because when you are 18, your dream is to embrace the world - not just one boy...

Contemporary World Cinema – Toronto IFF 2015

Nominated Muhr Award - Dubai IFF 2015

Nominated Crystal Arrow - Les Arcs European Film Festival 2015

Parisienne
(Photo: still from Parisienne)

ROUGH STAGE / KARMIL PINNAL

Country : Estonia, Palestine

Year : 2015

Director : Toomas Jävert

Running Time: 74 min

Language : Arabic

Subtitles : English

Maher, a Palestinian man and former political prisoner, is an electrical engineer by profession but an artist at heart. He dreams of staging a contemporary dance performance in Ramallah. In order to do so, he must deal with his disapproving family, tight budgets and cultural norms. Set in today’s most contested location, Maher’s story is a parable about a society in conflict, where the real war is between dreams and traditions.

First Appearance Competition - IDFA 2015

Rough Stage
(Photo: still from Rough Stage)

SONITA

Country: Germany, Iran, Switzerland

Year: 2015

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Running Time : 91 min

Language: English, Persian, Dari

Subtitles: English

As a female rapper in conservative Iran, Sonita’s talents are a liability. But the young refugee from Afghanistan insists on dreaming big. Her beats are as solid as stones and her rhymes are fierce. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, she gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. All the while, Sonita’s mother insists she must be married off soon, at a price, and threatens to derail her life at its most critical juncture.

Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Documentary Audience Award – Sundance IFF 2016

Audience Award, Doc U Award for The Youth’s Jury Favorite Film – IDFA 2015

Audience Award - IndieLisboa 2016

Youth Jury Award - Sheffield IFF 2016

Sonita
(Photo: still from Sonita)

SPEED SISTERS

Country: Palestine, USA, Qatar, Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom

Year: 2015

Director: Amber Fares

Running Time : 79 min

Language: Arabic

Subtitles: English

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

Audience Award for Best Feature – Irish Film Institute Doc Fest 2015

Jury Award for Best Documentary – Adelaide FF 2015

Nominated Audience Award - Hotdocs 2016

Speed Sisters
(Photo: still from Speed Sisters)

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