Four Awards at more than Twenty Film Festivals around the World
BONBONE Wins the Best Short Film Awards at the Moscow International Film Festival and the Gabes Film Festival
Director Rakan Mayasi's short film BONBONĂ‰ won the Best Short Film Awards at the Moscow International Film Festival in Russia and the Gabes Film Festival in Tunisia. The film reaped a total of four awards within its participation in more than 20 international film festivals.
Most recently, the short film won the Best Short Film Award at the 16th Festival Internacional de Cine de AlmerĂa (FICAL) in Spain and the Golden Egg Award for Best Short Film at the KĂĽstendorf Film & Music Festival in Serbia. BONBONĂ‰ landed its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)and took part in the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), New York Film Festival in USA, Cork Film Festival in Ireland, and Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden.
In less than 16 minutes, BONBONĂ‰ follows a Palestinian detainee, who gets visited by his wife in an Israeli prison, where he serves his time. His wife performs a bold and innovative activity to satisfy their secret desires.
Written and directed by Rakan Mayasi, BONBONĂ‰ stars Saleh Bakri, Rana Alamuddin and features Nadira Omran and Zyad Bakri. BONBONĂ‰ is produced by Groundglass235 in co-production with The Postoffice and Mad4Films, and in association with db Studios. MAD Solutions is responsible for distributing the film across the Arab world and Salaud Morisset is responsible of international sales.
Rakan Mayasi is a Palestinian filmmaker who was born in Germany, raised in Jordan, and currently based in Lebanon. He studied filmmaking in Lebanon and then received intense film training with Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami at the Asian Film Academy in South Korea. Mayasi practiced writing and directing in Serbia, Germany, Morocco, and Egypt. In addition to BONBONĂ‰, he has written and directed the two short films Sea Sonata and, Roubama which screened at the Locarno Film Festival in 2012. Mayasi is currently working on his debut feature film that is based on three different stories.