Toronto International Film Festival

Twelve films supported by DFI to be screened at Toronto fest

07 Sep 2017 0 comment
Toronto International Film Festival

Twelve films supported by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) will be screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to be held from September 7 to 17. One of the largest selections of films backed by the Institute, the 12 films to be screened at TIFF include six World Premieres, five North American Premieres and a Toronto premiere.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of DFI, said: “We have one of the most diverse showcase of films supported by the DFI at TIFF this year. In addition to presenting compelling voices in filmmaking from the Arab world, the selection also includes new voices in global cinema that we support as part of our focus on nurturing the upcoming generation of talents.”

“The 12 films present fascinating perspectives on life that reflect human hopes, aspirations and challenges. Each film is an inspiring take on the world we live in, and demonstrates how film has the power to drive social change.”

The films supported by the DFI Grants Programme that mark their World Premiere at TIFF are The Journey by Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji, Of Sheep and Men by Karim Sayad, The Seen and Unseen directed by Kamila Andini, The Other Side of Everything by Mila Turajlic, Ava by Sadaf Foroughi and The President’s Visit by Cyril Aris.

DFI Grantees that will make their North American premiere at TIFF include Wajib directed by Annemarie Jacir, Madmen’s Fort directed by Narimane Mari, Cocote by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias and Disappearance by Ali Asgari.

The co-financed film Looking for Oum Kulthum by Shirin Neshat in collaboration with Shoja Azari, marks its North American Premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema programme. It is a movie-within-a-movie about an ambitious Iranian director’s attempts to film the life and legacy of legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum.

The DFI Training and Development lab project to be chosen for TIFF in the Wavelength section is Turtles Are Always Home, a short experimental by Rawane Nassif, who uses the Qanat Quartier of Doha, Qatar- with its faux-Venetian canals and facades- as a starting point for an abstract reflection on the concepts of place, authenticity and home.

Previous Grantees also present at TIFF this year with their new projects include award winning director of Mustang (DFI Grantee), Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s English language debut Kings and Haifaa Al Mansour’s English debut Mary Shelley.

"الدوحة للأفلام" تدعم 12 عملاً بمهرجان تورنتو

يشهد مهرجان تورنتو السينمائي الدولي في دورته المقبلة عرض 12 فيلما حظيت بدعم مؤسسة الدوحة للأفلام لتعكس بذلك قدرات المواهب السينمائية من المنطقة العربية والعالم. وتعقد الدورة المقبلة من المهرجان من 7 إلى 17 سبتمبر الجاري، حيث تعرض واحدة من أكبر مجموعات الأفلام التي دعمتها المؤسسة وتتضمن 6 عروض أولى في العالم، 5 عروض أولى في أميركا الشمالية وعرض أول في مهرجان تورنتو.

وقالت فاطمة الرميحي الرئيس التنفيذي لمؤسسة الدوحة للأفلام: "يشهد مهرجان تورنتو السينمائي الدولي في هذا العام مجموعة منوعة من الأفلام التي حصلت على دعم وتمويل من مؤسسة الدوحة للأفلام. بالإضافة إلى تقديم أصوات قوية في صناعة الأفلام من العالم العربي. تتضمن القائمة أصوتاً جديدة من السينما العالمية التي ندعمها ضمن رسالتنا في دعم وتعزيز الجيل القادم من المواهب. وتبحث الأفلام التي تعرض في تورنتو وحظيت بدعم المؤسسة أفكاراً وقضايا ومفاهيم رائعة حول حياتنا وتعكس آمال وتطلعات الإنسان وكذلك تظهر التحديات التي يواجهها. فكل فيلم هو مرآة ملهمة عن العالم الذي نعيش فيه ويظهر مدى قوتها وتأثيرها في تحقيق التغيير الاجتماعي الإيجابي".

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