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A Season in France Screens at the Darb 1718 on Sunday, May 26

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A Season in France Screens at the Darb 1718 on Sunday, May 26

Chadian Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s feature film A Season in France will screen at Darb 1718 on Sunday, May 26. The film world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and screened at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) and the Carthage Film Festival (JCC).
For more information about the screening, please visit Darb 1718’s Facebook page:

Darb 1718 contemporary art and culture center is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 to host different art mediums and cultural events. The center provides workshops, programs and initiatives to educate and mentor emerging artists and offers them a space to exhibit their work alongside established artists. Darb 1718 is an art center and gathering point for all art events in Egypt.

A Season in France follows Abbas, a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, who has fled his war-torn country with his two children. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political asylum. A French woman, Carole, falls in love with him and offers a roof for him and his family. When Abbas’s application is rejected, they face a crucial decision.
Directed and written by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, A Season in France stars Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire and Aalayna Lys. The film is produced by Pili Films in coproduction with Arte France Cinéma and distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is a film director from Chad who lives in France. He made his first feature film, Bye Bye Africa, in 1999. His second feature, Abouna, won the Best Cinematography award at the FESPACO, while his third, Daratt, won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. Haroun’s film, A Screaming Man, earned the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, becoming the first Chadian film to compete or win an award in the festival’s official competition. A year later, he was selected as a jury member for the main competition of the Cannes Film Festival, and in 2014, he was a jury member for the festival’s Cinéfondation section and Short Film competition.