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  • THE MICE ROOM
    ODET EL FERAN
    (THE MICE ROOM)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Drama and Fiction
    Directed by Nermeen Salem _____ Nermeen Salem was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the University of St. Thomas. Her love for film-making led her to participate in several theatrical projects and workshops. She has worked as crew on Ibrahim El-Batout's feature film HAWI (2010) and is a co-founder and producer of Rufy’s: an initiative that supports emerging and independent film-makers in Alexandria., Mohamed Zedan _____ Mohamed Zedan is a freelance videographer and editor. He has worked on Ahmed Abdullah’s MICROPHONE and Ibrahim El Batout’s HAWI (2010). Zedan is the co-founder and producer of Rufy’s. He is currently working on his first feature documentary, I HAVE A PICTURE., Mohamad El-Hadidi _____ Mohamad El-Hadidi is a freelance photographer, videographer and film-maker. His short film ALBAN WADY EL-NEEL won the 2013 Best Short Film Award in the 9th Rencontres de l'image Film Festival in Cairo. El-Hadidi has worked as crew on Ibrahim El Batout's HAWI (2010) and is a co-founder and producer of Rufy’s. , Mayye Zayed _____ Mayye Zayed is an independent film-maker and a video artist, who also works as a freelance editor, videographer and DoP. She has worked as crew on Ibrahim El Batout's HAWI (2010) and as DoP on the Kenyan film VEVE (2013). She is a co-founder and producer of Rufy’s. , Hend Bakr _____ Hend Bakr is a freelance film-maker, poet and a short story writer, who has published her work in several newspapers and periodicals. Bakr has also worked as a curator and a coordinator at ACML Egypt's cultural office. She has worked as crew on Ibrahim El Batout's HAWI (2010). She is a co-founder and producer of Rufy’s. , Ahmed Magdy Morsy _____ Ahmed Magdy Morsy is a freelance film-maker, who has worked as crew on Ibrahim El-Batout's feature film HAWI (2010) and has worked as an editor on many shorts and documentaries. Morsy graduated in law from Alexandria University in 2010. He has attended several film-making workshops. He is a co-founder and producer of Rufy’s.

    Six different characters in Alexandria struggle with their fears. Amr visits his father on his death bed, trying to catch up on lost time. Moussa spen...

  • THE PAST
    LE PASSE
    (THE PAST)
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Asghar Farhadi _____ Asghar Farhadi's (born 1972, Iran) first feature DANCING IN THE DUST (2003) won awards at the Fajr and Moscow film festivals. His 2009 film ABOUT ELLY (Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin; Best Film at Tribeca) was Iran’s official submission for the Academy Awards. However, it was A SEPARATION (2011) that won over 70 awards internationally, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe and the César for best foreign film. <br />

    Following a four-year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran after his French wife, Marie, requests that he finalises their divorce. During hi...

  • THE MUMMY: THE NIGHT OF COUNTING THE YEARS
    AL-MUMMIA
    (THE MUMMY: THE NIGHT OF COUNTING THE YEARS)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre
    Directed by Chadi Abdel Salam _____ Chadi Abdel Salam (1930-1986) studied English literature at Alexandria’s Victoria College as well as architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, where he was mentored by Hassan Fathy. Before he directed THE MUMMY at the age of 40, he worked for many years in costume design and art direction, making him the first Egyptian film-maker from the art world.

    THE MUMMY: THE NIGHT OF COUNTING YEARS had its world premiere at Venice in 1970, and has topped the list of DIFF’s 100 greatest Arab films, published ...

  • BIDESIA IN BAMBAI
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Documentary
    Genre Documentary, Musical and Social
    Directed by Surabhi Sharma _____ Surabhi Sharma has been making documentaries since 2000 with a key focus on documenting cities in transition through the lens of labour, music and migration, and most recently reproductive labour. Cinéma vérité and ethnography are the genres that influence her film-making. Her films have been screened and awarded at international film festivals..

    In the Bhojpuri language, ‘bidesia’ is the one who leaves home. One in four migrants in Mumbai is Bhojpuri, and they call India’s financial capital, ‘...

  • BAGHDAD NIGHT
    Programme Gulf Voices
    Genre Family, Fantasy, Film Noir, Horror, Mystery, Fiction and Animation
    Directed by Furat Al Jamil _____ Furat Al Jamil is an Iraqi-German director, producer, and artist. She is a co-owner and producer at Enlil Film & Art, and produced the Iraqi feature films UNDEREXPOSURE and QARANTINA.

    A taxi driver picks up a mysterious woman at a street corner, who asks him to drive her to one of Baghdad's oldest graveyards. She gives him a small g...

  • THE POOL MAN
    Programme Muhr Asia Africa Short
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Kaidi Zhan _____ Kaidi Zhan’s (born 1981, Taiwan) first short film SUSPENDED MOMENT was nominated for the 47th Taipei Golden Horse Awards and was invited to many international film festivals. Zhan graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts.

    An overweight boy longs for love, while a national swimmer struggles to retain past glory. How will they inspire each other? ...

  • PARTICLE FEVER
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Mark Levinson _____ Mark Levinson has a doctoral degree in particle physics from the University of California at Berkeley. In the world of cinema he has worked closely with directors such as Anthony Minghella, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Tykwer, Milos Forman and David Fincher. He is the writer, producer and director of the narrative feature film PRISONER OF TIME (1993), which premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival.<br /><br />

    Imagine being able to watch as Thomas Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Benjamin Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. PARTICLE ...

  • APACHES
    LES APACHES
    (APACHES)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Thierry De Peretti _____ Thierry De Peretti (born 1970, France) is an actor and director, who has completed a training course with the Cours Florent. He has received a Villa Médicis Hors les Murs prize. APACHES is his first movie.

    APACHES revolves around five teenagers from Porto Vecchio, who sneak into an unoccupied luxury villa and spend the night there. Before leaving, they s...

  • WORDS AND PICTURES
    Programme Cinema of the World
    Genre Comedy, Drama and Romance
    Directed by Fred Schepisi _____ Fred Schepisi is a celebrated film-maker, who was awarded the Order of Australia for his service to the Australian film industry as a director, producer and screenwriter. His filmography includes: THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND (1976, six AFI awards, including Best Film) ; EVIL ANGELS (1988, AFI Best Achievement in Direction and Best Screenplay Adaptation, and two Golden Globe nominations); the Will Smith-starring SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (1993); and EMPIRE FALLS (2004, Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television).

    The eternal battle between words and pictures is visited in this film, set in a New England prep school. Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) is a lauded poet, wh...

  • AL LAILAH
    Programme Muhr Emirati
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Khalid Ali _____ Khalid Ali is an Emirati director and scriptwriter, who has won numerous accolades for his short films. Ali also directs TV movies in addition to his work across the regional theatre circuit.

    AL LAILAH is set in the vibrant city of Dubai, capturing its pulsating spirit, identity and simplicity. It focuses on one Emirati family as they prepa...

  • THE LAST POEM
    SHESHER KOBITA
    (THE LAST POEM)
    Programme Celebration of Indian Cinema
    Genre Drama, Literary Adaptation and Fiction
    Directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay _____ Suman Mukhopadhyay’s films include: KANGAL MALSAT (2013 (WAR CRY OF THE BEGGARS)); MAHANAGAR@ KOLKATA (2009); CHATURANGA (2008) and HERBERT (2005, Best Feature Film in Bengali – National Film Awards). His films have been screened at festivals across the globe, including Montreal, Sao Paulo, San Francisco and La Rochelle. <br />

    Based on the eponymous novel by Rabindranath Tagore, THE LAST POEM follows Amit Ray, an Oxford-educated iconoclastic barrister, who falls in love with...

  • THE BIG HOUSE
    AL BAYT AL KABEER
    (THE BIG HOUSE)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Drama, Family, Docudrama, Experimental, Fiction and Allegory
    Directed by Musa Syeed _____ Musa Syeed’s debut feature, VALLEY OF SAINTS (DIFF 2012), won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance 2012. His previous shorts include: BRONX PRINCESS (2008/doc.) and A SON’S SACRIFICE (2007, Best Documentary Short, Tribeca). <br /><br /> Attending the Dubai Film Market as part of the Interchange international project development programme, presentation December 10.<br />

    A young Yemeni boy finds a key to the mansion down the street, owned by the richest man in the village. He lets himself and his imagination run wild i...

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