Distributed by MAD Solutions in the Arab World
Animation Film The Tower Participates in the Marrakech International Film Festival
The animation film The Tower, directed by Mats Grorud, will participate in the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival (November 30 to December 8) after it had competed in the Cairo International Film Festival's official competition. The film is distributed by MAD Solutions in the Arab world.
Founded in 2011, the annual Marrakech International Film Festival is one of the most important festivals in the Mediterranean countries and the world. In this year's edition, some of the most prominent actors and filmmakers will be honored, including star Robert De Niro, American director Martin Scorsese and Egyptian director Yusri Nasrullah.
Recently, the film took part in the London Palestine Film Festival, Palestine Cinema Days, Annecy International Animated Film in France, Arab Film Festival in Famac, France, and Busan International Film Festival.
An animation feature film directed and written by Mats Grorud, The Tower features the voices of Romina Adl Kasravi, Mohamed Bakri, Najila Said, and Morad Hassan. The film is a French-Swedish-Norwegian co-production that is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. She learns about her family's history through stories told to her by three earlier generations of refugees. The film took part in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, the Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck in France, Busan International Film Festival and Palestine Cinema Days.
Mats Grorud is a Norwegian director and animator who studied Animation at Volda University College. He complimented his animation career with studies in Denmark, Beirut and Beijing. Mats directed the short films Santa Klaus and My Grandmother Beijing, in addition to animation films Kaja Polmar (2006) and Piotr Sapegin's Grandpa is a raisin (2006).
Today, Mats runs his own company called Nubbsjangs Productions, where he develops his own projects, does commissioned work and teaches animation. He has also worked on several documentary projects. In 2007, Grorud started working on his debut feature animated documentary film, The Tower, along with producer Frank S√łbstad at Tenk.tv.