Weldi | The Tower | A Day for Women | The Journey | El Jaida | Mare Nostrum
Six Films from MAD Solutions' List Screen at the Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck
Six films distributed by MAD Solutions will screen at the 29th Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck in France (October 3-15). The films are Weldi by Mohamed Ben Attia, The Tower by Mats Grorud, A Day for Women by Kamla Abouzekri, The Journey by Mohamed Al Daradji, El Jaida by Selma Baccar and Mare Nostrum by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf.
The Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck is the first non-Arab film festival in the world to be dedicated to Arab films. Its first edition launched in 1989 and has been held annually ever since.
Weldi made its world premiere at this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival within its Directors' Fortnight section, and most recently, it competed in the Official Competition of the 2nd El Gouna Film Festival. Weldi follows Riadh, who is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy's repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears.
Directed and written by Mohamed Ben Attia, and co-produced by Dora Bouchoucha's Nomadis Images, Les Films du Fleuve and Tanit Films, Weldi stars Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Cherif, Taylan Mintas and Tarik Copti. The film is distributed by MAD Solutions in the Arab world.
About The Tower
An animation feature film directed and written by Mats Grorud, The Tower features the voices of Romina Adl Kasravi, Najila Said, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Aissa Maiga, Mohamed Bakri 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.
About A Day for Women
A Day for Women takes place in a shabby neighborhood in Egypt where a youth center decides to allocate one day on the swimming pool for women only. The film follows the consequences of this decision on the social, psychological and emotional life of the women living in that neighborhood.
A Day for Women brings together a cast and crew of outstanding women, as it is produced by Elham Shahin through her company Shahin Film, who also stars in the film, directed by Kamla Abouzekri, written by Hanaa Atiyah, DOP Nancy Abdel Fattah, and Costume Designer Inas Shahin. The film stars Nelly Karim, Nahed El Sebai, Hala Sedqi, Ragaa Hussein, Shaimaa Seif, along with Mahmoud Hemida, Farouk Al Fishawy, Ahmad Al Fishawy, Eyad Nassar and Ahmed Dawood. MAD Solutions handles the film's marketing and promotion in the Arab world.
About The Journey
The film is set in Baghdad in 2006. As Sara stands on the cusp of committing an unthinkable act, an unforeseen and awkward encounter gives her the opportunity to witness the potential consequences of her destructive action. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?
Directed by Mohamed Al Daradji, who co-wrote the film with Isabelle Stead, The Journey stars Zahraa Ghandour and Ameer Jbara. The film is produced by Human Film, Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC), in cooperation with Lionceau Films, Iraq Al-Rafidain and Iraqi Media Network. The Journey received grants from the Doha Film Institute, AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, World Cinema Fund (WCF), the Centre National du Cin√©ma et de l'image Anim√©e (CNC) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Institut Fran√ßais, Netherlands Film Fund, SANAD Development Fund (Abu Dhabi Film Festival) and Screen Yorkshire. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
About El Jaida
Directed by Selma Baccar, El Jaida stars Souhir Ben Amara, Mohamed Ali Ben Jemaa, Khaled Houissa and Najoua Zouhair. The film screened at several international film festivals, including the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), and the Annaba Mediterranean Film Festival. MAD Solutions handles the film's distribution in the Arab world.
Set in 1954, four women meet at Dar Joued, a correction facility for women who disobey their husbands. Despite tough daily living conditions, they find hope and joy in their emerging friendship.
About Mare Nostrum
With a running time of 13 minutes, the film events take place on the shores of the Mediterranean, where a Syrian father and his little daughter flee the civil war in Syria. On their way, the father makes a decision that could endanger his daughter's life. Directed by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, and written by Kazkaz, Mare Nostrum stars Ziad Bakri and Zayn Khalaf. The film is a French-Syrian-Jordanian coproduction. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.