Winner of El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Short Film
Give Up the Ghost Participates in Festival Cinema de la Paix in Tunis
Give Up the Ghost by director Zain Duraie will take part in the 20th Festival Cin√©ma de la Paix (March 10-15) in Tunis. It will be screened on Friday, March 13, at 3:30 PM (GMT +1) at Cin√©ma Th√©√Ętre Le Rio.
Annually held by Le Cin√©-Club de Tunis, Festival Cin√©ma de la Paix is independent festival sponsored by F√©d√©ration Tunisienne des Cin√©-Clubs since 2000. It provides a platform for the alternative cinema and for cinema fans in the capital Tunis. The festival's program brings together from seven to fourteen films and is followed by discussions with the filmmakers.
Previously touring the Arab world, Give Up the Ghost recently took part in the Sudan Independent Film Festival, and is expected to be screened at Haifa Independent Film Festival in Palestine. It landed its Arab world premiere at the 2nd El Gouna Film Festival where it won El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Short. It also screened at the Rabat International Author Film Festival (FICAR) (Festival International du Cinema D'Auteur de Rabat) and landed its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
Give up the Ghost tells the story of Salam whose dreams of becoming a mother shatters when she finds out that she is unable to have children with her husband. Written and directed by Zain Duraie and produced by Tabi360 (Alaa Alasad), the film brings together Maria Zurek and Zaid Bakri in the leading roles and is shot by DOP Benoit Chamaillard. MAD Solutions handles the film's distribution in the Arab world.
Zain Duraie has worked on several regional and international films. As part of her graduation project at Toronto Film School, she wrote and directed two short films. In 2010, she kick started her career in the filmmaking world as a trainee at Philistine Films with prestigious filmmaker Annemarie Jacir and acclaimed producer Ossama Bawardi. She worked on projects at Different phases; from pre-production to post-production, including When I Saw You, The Rendezvous, Thank You for Bombing and Wajib. Duraie's debut short fiction film, Horizon, had its world premiere at Palm Springs Shorts fest. The film also screened at several film festivals, including Montreal World Film Fest.
Her latest film Never Leave Me, Duraie was selected in 2017 to work with acclaimed Bosnian filmmaker Aida Begić in Turkey/Sanliurfa. Afterwards, Duraie began developing her feature film screenplay abroad, which was selected out of 70 countries with only one other participant to be developed with the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Academy and in parallel with its selection at Meditalents Residence and Torino Film Lab. Duraie just finished shooting her recent short film Give up the Ghost, which landed its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, and won a Special Mention at the MAFF Market Forum in 2018.