release date August 29 2022
Details of Soudade Kaadan’s NEZOUH Screening at Venice International Film Festival
Feature film NEZOUH, by Soudade Kaadan, will world premiere at Orizzonti Extra competition of the 79th Venice International Film Festival (August 31-Sep.10). 3 screenings will be held for the film, in the presence of director Soudade Kaadan, actress Kinda Alloush, actor Samer Al Masri), Producer Yu-Fai Suen (Berkeley Media Group), Producer Marc Bordure ( Agat Films and ExNihilo), Line Producer Emre Oskay (Sky Films), Associate Producer Amira Kaadan, Farhana Bhula (Film4), Ollie Madden Director of Film4 (Film4), Lizzie Francke (British Film Institute) Olivier Barbier (MK2 FILMS), Co-Founders of MAD Solutions (Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab), and Meriame Deghedi Head of Sales and Acquisitions (MAD Solutions). 
Find Here the Screening Times of NEZOUH at Sala Giardino:
Saturday, Sep.3, at 2:30 PM (GMT+2) (for pass holders only) 
Saturday, Sep.3. at 9:00 PM (GMT+2)
Sunday, Sep.4, at 9:00 AM (GMT+2)
 Kaadan returns to Venice with her second film four years later, when her first film, The Day I Lost My Shadow, was awarded the Lion of the Future award at the Orizzonti Competition.
The film takes place during the Syrian conflict, when a missile destroys the ceiling of the house of the 14-year-old Zeina (Hala Zein). As a result, she sleeps for the first time under the stars and makes friends with Amer (Nizar Alani), the boy next door. When the violence escalates, Zeina’s mother, Hala, (Kinda Alloush) decides to leave. She puts up a fight with her husband Motaz (Samer Al Masri) who refuses to become a refugee and tries everything to stop his family from leaving his house. 
The film received Baumi Award for script development from Berlinale and was awarded ARTE at Cannes Film Festival and Sorfond award as part of Cinéfondation’s workshop. Also, it received support from Torino Film Lab, Doha Film Institute and the British Film Institute (National Lottery funds). 
Shot in Turkey, NEZOUH is written and directed by Soudade Kaadan. It’s produced by KAF Productions (Soudade Kaadan) and Berkeley Media Group (Yu-Fai Suen) in association with Ex Nihilo (Marc Bordure). NEZOUH stars Kinda Alloush, Samer Al Masri, Hala Zein, Nizar Alani and Darina Al Joundi, and lensed by prominent cinematographer Hélène Louvart. MAD Solutions manages the film’s distribution in the Arab world while MK2 FILMS is in charge of the film’s worldwide sales. Moreover,it is distributed in France by Pyramide and is financed through FILM4, British Film Institute and Stars Collective. 
 Born in France, Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director who studied theater criticism at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts and graduated from the Institut des Etudes Scénique, Audiovisuelles et cinématographiques (IESAV), Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. Her film THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW marks her feature debut. It won the Lion of the Future award at the Orizzonti Competition of Venice Film Festival and the jury prize at LA Festival. 
A few months ago, 3 films by Soudade were screened on Netflix (Feature film The Day I Lost My Shadow and the two short films; AZIZA and BESIEGED BREAD). The films, which nabbed dozens of international awards, shed light on the situation in Syria during the previous decade. They are currently available for subscribers worldwide.