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- Mariam Al Ferjani, Mohamed Ismail Louati, Rafik Omrani, Suba Sivakumaran, Mehdi Hamnane, Fateme Ahmadi, Anissa Daoud, Aboozar Amini
After Taipei Factory in 2013, Nordic Factory in 2014, Chile Factory in 2015, South Africa Factory in 2016 and Lebanon Factory in 2017, the Directors' Fortnight, with the collaboration of Tunisian CNCI join to continue the adventure this coming year with Tunisia Factory. This Factory is co-produced Dora Bouchoucha & Lina Chaabane (Nomadis Images), Habib Attia (Cinétéléfilms), Imed Marzouk (Propaganda Production), Omar Ben Ali (SVP) Riadh et Selma Thabet (Ulysson) et Khaled Mechken (Objectif) on the Tunisian side, and Dominique Welinski (DW) on the French side. The Factory aims at the emergence of new talents on the international scene, allowing young filmmakers, Tunisians and international, to meet and create together. The Fortnight is proud to present the result of these discussions, four short films of 15 minutes each, co-directed by four tandems young directors.
OMERTÀ (Mariam Al Ferjani, Mehdi Hamnane)
Donia, her brother Yahya, Ali and Ibrahim are celebrating Donia’s last night in Tunis before she leaves for studying in France. At one point, they decide to end the night on the beach and have some joints. At dawn, when they wake up one of them is missing. BLUES S' LEILA (ismaël, Fateme Ahmadi)
Leila, mother of Youssef, a 17-year- old boy who was born with special needs, is shocked to find out she is pregnant. She decides to have an abortion without discussing her reasons with her husband. She books herself a room in a private clinic, but things turn against her on the day she wants to take action. L'OISEAU BLEU (Rafik Omrani, Suba Sivakumaran)
One night at l’Oiseau Bleu, a famous restaurant by the sea in the suburb of Tunis. Imen, the secret but spectacular owner and her faithful Moudir; Ferid, the playboy; Tarek, the intellectual and Saber, the drum player who is waiting for a phone call… Fish couscous, music, drinks and more music… BEST DAY EVER (Anissa Daoud, Aboozar Amini)
One house, one afternoon, one misunderstanding, four points of view.
I was influenced a lot by magic realist authors who worked with violence in their societies but told stories using allegories and symbols. This is what I want to do.
Suba Sivakumaran was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka 1981, grew up in five different countries and currently resides between New York, London and Sri Lanka. She started her career in international development in Sri Lanka and works in the area of humanitarian aid and poverty reduction for the United Nations and other organizations. She has an undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree from Harvard University, both in politics and public policy. I TOO HAVE A NAME (2012) is her first film, which premiered at the Berlinale in competition for the Golden Bear in 2012 under the shorts section and went on to compete at over 25 other film festivals; including the Dubai IFF, the Cork IFF, Reykjavik IFF, Montreal World Film Festival, Hangzhou Asian FF, Indian FF of Los Angeles, the London Feminist FF and the Istanbul Crime and Punishment FF. Suba also is the co-founder of Palmyrah Talkies, a film production company based in London and in Sri Lanka. HOUSE OF MY FATHERS (2018) is her latest film which premiered at the Busan IFF.
Like every individual on this planet, every film has its own soul too. We should never try to change the soul of the film to fit to any business model but the other way around.
Aboozar Amini (1985, Afghanistan) was the favorite storyteller amongst the children of Himalaya Mountains. He immigrated to the Netherlands as a teenage boy and followed the Dutch education system. In 2010 Aboozar graduated from the Gerirt Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam with the graduation film KABULTEHREANKABUL that was granted the Wildcard 2010 prize by the Dutch Film Funds. His second documentary ON THE STRING OF FORGETFULNESS won the Servin Blanchet Award at the Human Rights FF in Kabul Afghanistan in 2013 and the price for the best documentary film at Afghan Documentary FF Stockholm in 2014. Supported by eight international scholarships, Aboozar was able to follow his MA in film making in 2012-2015 at the renowned London Film School (LFS) where theories of the aesthetic language of film go hand in hand with practice the process of making films under supervision of well-known filmmakers such as Mike Leigh and his team. His short fiction film ANGELUS NOVUS was selected for the IFF Rotterdam 2015. His film WHERE IS KURDISTAN (2016) was commissioned by IFFR. His latest film KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND (2018) won Special Jury Award for First Appearance at IDFA and NEXT:WAVE Award at CPH:DOX. His Afghan origin plays an important role in his work.
Rafik Omrani, a diirector and film editor who based iin Tunisia. He began his career with marketing and communication oriented scholarship, then accumulated experience in fiction, documentary and short animation filmmaking in parallel with his work as financial director. In 2011, he decided to devote himself entirely to cinema. FALLEGA 2011, his first medium-length documentary film, was shown at numerous international festivals, demonstrations and art institutions around the world, and won five awards including the First Work Award from the the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival and the Osman Sanban Award from the Festival of African Cinema in Marseille. WHITE DOVES, his first feature-length documentary, was produced in 2016. Omrani has produced a number of documentaries for television and for the benefit of many Tunisian and international organisations. In 2012, he was elected a member of the executive board of the Association of Tunisian Filmmakers.
ismaël (Mohamed Ismail Louati) is a filmmaker, visual artist and writer. He is an author, cameraman, soundman, editor, producer and director of fifteen films and art videos including BABYLON, winner of the Grand Prix at FID Marseille and at DOC Lisboa 2012. He recently completed his first short fiction film LETTER FROM THE BALCONY. He produced THE LAST OF US by Ala-Eddine Slim (Lion of the Future Venice 2016, 1st film award Carthage 2016). He has been a programmer for, MUCEM (Marseille), Carthage FF (Tunis) and Masnaâ Festival (Casablanca). His various works (films, videos, photos, texts, installations) have been shown at MoMA New York, MUCEM Marseille, London ICA, Reina Sofia Madrid, Cinémathèque Nationale Mexico, as well as hundreds of festivals, exhibitions and artistic events. He lives and works in Tunis. He his currently developing his first feature film A WOMAN.
Mariam Al Ferjani was studying medicine in her native Tunisia when she met Leyla Bouzid and exchanged her medical studies for directing and acting courses at the Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti in Milan, where her father was based at the time. Outside of term-time, Al Ferjani headed home to Tunisia to direct and star in experimental shorts THE CLAIM and WINTRY. Alongside her cinema studies, she is also building a following for her photographic self-portraits. Since graduating in 2015, Mariam has been living and working between Tunis and Milan. She plays the head-role in Kaouther Ben Hania’s BEAUTY AND THE DOGS (2017). In Milan, she is currently writing her first fiction feature, ALYAH.
Mehdi Hamnane was born in Colombes, near Paris, in 1994. In 2012, after obtaining a degree in economy and social sciences, he joined the cinema film school ESRA in Paris. His short film TALION, directed with his brother, Yanis, was selected in more than twenty festivals around the world. They are currently working on their next short film NOAH and are developing their first feature film 0.34 CENTS PER MINUTE.
Born and raised in Shiraz, Iran, Fateme Ahmadi is a writer- director based between London and Tehran. Fateme studied Persian Literature and Filmmaking in Tehran and received a scholarship for a Master in Filmmaking at London Film School. Her graduation film ONE THOUSAND AND ONE TEARDROPS won four awards including Best Short Film at London Feminist FF and a Special Jury Mention at East End FF. Fateme is writer and co-director of CHANDRA, supervised by Naomi Kawase and premiered in Busan. Fateme is an alumna of Berlinale Talents. Her latest short BITTER SEA will have its world premiere at Short Shorts in Tokyo. She is also associate producer on a feature documentary, COUP 53, by Taghi Amirani. Her next project is a feature film currently titled YOU, ME & LEYLI.
With a Tunisian father and a French-Italian mother, Anissa Daoud is an actress, author, producer and a cinema and theatre director. She’s acted in a number of films for which she has received several awards. She produced the short films LAW OF THE LAMB by Lotfi Achour and ALL THE REST IS THE WORK OF MAN by Doria Achour. She has directed two documentaries - WOMEN'S CHRONICLES OF POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT and a feature OUR WOMEN IN POLITICS AND SOCIETY. She is currently working on THE BATH, her first short fiction and developing her first feature LES IMORTEL(LE)S.