The Only Arab Submission in the Festival
Gaza Mon Amour Selected for Discovery at Toronto International Film Festival
Gaza Mon Amour by directors Tarzan and Arab Nasser has been selected for the International Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September) in Canada at the Discovery section, marking the only Arab entry at the festival this year.
Screening times of the film Canada time (GMT+4):
Thursday, 10 September, 04:00 PM, at Bell Lightbox
Friday 11 September, 06:00 PM at Bell Digital Cinema
Friday 11 September, 11:00 AM (Press only)
Friday 18 September, 09:00 PM West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Palace
Saturday 19, 04:00 PM at Bell Lightbox
Recently, Gaza Mon Amour landed world premiere at Venice International Film Festival at Orizzonti competition where it had ten film screenings.
Gaza, today. Sixty-year-old fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works as a dressmaker at the market. Finally determined to propose, Issa discovers an ancient statue of Apollo in his fishing net, which he decides to hide at home. When local authorities find out about this mysterious treasure, troubles begin for Issa.
Directed by the Nasser brothers, Gaza Mon Amour features an all-star cast, including Salim Daw, Hiam Abbass, Maisa Abdelhadi, Georges Iskandar, Hitham Al Omari, and Manal Awad. The film was officially selected at the 2019 Berlinale Co-Production Market.
The film is produced by the French company Les Films du Tambour (delegate producer), in a France- Germany-Portugal- Palestine-Qatar co-production with Riva Filmproduktion (Germany), ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel in collaboration with ARTE (Germany), Ukbar Filmes (Portugal), Made in Palestine Project (Palestine), and Jordan Pioneers. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
The film received the support of Eurimages, Centre National du CinĂ©ma et de l'Image AnimĂ©e (CNCI), FilmfĂ¶rderungsanstalt, FilmfĂ¶rderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, L'Aide aux CinĂ©mas du Monde Â– Centre National du CinĂ©ma et de lÂ’Image AnimĂ©e Â– Institut FranĂ§ais, and co-production grants for Franco-Portuguese Films from the Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, RTP - RĂˇdio e TelevisĂŁo de Portugal, and the Doha Film Institute, in association with Versatile, Dulac Distribution, and Alamode Film.
Twins Tarzan and Arab Nasser were born in Gaza, Palestine, in 1988. They studied Fine Arts at Al-Aqsa University and became passionate about cinema and paintings. They directed Condom Lead (15 min, 2013), which got selected in the Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Their first feature film, DĂ©gradĂ© (85 min, 2014), made its world premiere at CannesÂ’ Semaine de la Critique 2015, and also screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Gaza Mon Amour is their second feature-film.