Scheduled Daily Screenings at 04:00 pm
Metropolis Cinemas Extends the Screenings of The Tower in Lebanon until the End of May
Palestinian director Mai Masri's feature film 3000 Nights will screenat Cinemapolis in New York on Wednesday, May 15 at 07:00 PM (GMT -4) in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the Nakba. Organized by Olive Branch Film Series, the screening will be followed by a Q&A.Following its successful two-week run in Metropolis Cinemas in Lebanon, the screenings of the animated film The Tower by director Mats Grorud have been extended for two weeks more; from Wednesday, 15 May to Wednesday, 29 May, at 04:00 pm (GMT+3). The screenings of The Tower in Metropolis Cinemas started on 29 April. The film is released for a month in the Lebanese theatre.
This comes following a string of successful screenings and participations, the latest of which was the film's commercial release in Tunisia, in addition to its screenings in three Palestinian cities, in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the Nakba.
Most recently, The Tower received the Liv Ullmann Peace Prize and the Professional Jury: 2nd Prize for Best Animated Feature Film at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. The film took part in different film festivals, including the Cairo International Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, London Palestine Film Festival, Palestine Cinema Days, Annecy International Animated Film in France, Arab Film Festival in Famac, France, Busan International Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, and European Film Festival in Ishbilia. The film screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The film took part in Cairo Cinema Days, San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival in Spain, and the Metropolis Youth Film Festival in Lebanon.
Written and directed by Mats Grorud, The Tower features the voices of Romina AdlKasravi, 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.
The film follows Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, who 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.
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 Grandpais 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 film, The Tower, along with producer Frank S√łbstad at Tenk.tv.