Mediterranean films at the 13th Brussels film fest

bota 333The 13th edition of Mediterranean film festival Cinemamed is to take place in Brussels from December 5 to 12. Euromed Audiovisual is to attend the event, notably screening the winning short films from its Made in Med competition as well other Mediterranean films developed through training initiatives funded by the EU programme.


In the official competition, eight films from different Mediterranean countries are to compete for the Grand Prix, the Special Jury Prize and the Cineuropa Award. Among these, from the South Mediterranean, are Moroccan director Abdellah Taïa’sSalvation Army, Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw Youand Israeli filmmaker Yariv Horowitz’s Rock the Casbah.


Fourteen films are to screen in the Panorama section.

From Morocco, there will be Mohamed Nadif's Andalousie Mon Amour, Moroccan box office hitBrahim Chkiri’s Road to Kabul and Hicham Lasri’sThey are the Dogs, a film that found a distributor in France after its Cannes premiere last May.

Festival attendees will also get the chance to see Saïd Ould-Khelifa’sZabana!from Algeria and Palestinian director Hiam Abbas’s Inheritance.

Cinemas in Brussels will also re-screen some of the best Mediterranean feature films of this last year, including Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri's The Attack, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's Cannes awardeeOmar, and Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch’s God’s Horses.


But there will also be documentaries at the festival, with screenings of Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's Five Broken Cameras, a 2013 Oscar nominee that was supported by Euromed Audiovisual's Greenhouse development programme, and Moroccan filmmaker Karima Zoubir's Camera/Woman, which took part in Euromed Audiovisual's Access programme. The public will also be able to watch Tunisian filmmakers Latifa Robbana Doghri and Salem Trabelsi's Boxing with Her, and Egyptian filmmaker Amir Ramses’sJews of Egypt.

Meanwhile, three short films that won Euromed Audiovisual's Made in Med competition will also screen: Syrian filmmaker Jalal Maghout's Canvas on Mixed Media, Tunisian filmmaker Ahmed Hermassi's Wall Asks: Okay?, and Egyptian filmmaker Mohamad El Wassify’s The House Game.


As 2013 marks 50 years of Moroccan and Turkish immigration in Belgium, this year’s edition will focus on film productions from these two countries to understand the phenomenon's demographic, socio-economic and cultural impact on Belgian culture.

The festival, which also falls on the 75thanniversary of the Belgian Cinematek, will also feature concerts and a Mediterranean food and drink market.



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