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13 DFI-supported films selected at Cannes 2023

Film Doha 17 May 23
13 DFI-supported films selected at Cannes 2023
13 Doha Film Institute -supported films selected at Cannes 2023.
Event Location
Qatar, Qatar
Start Time
17 May 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
30 June 2023, 12:00 AM

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has set a first in the Arab region for a film organization, with its latest co-financed projects, "About Dry Grasses" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Jessica Hausner's “Club Zero” selected to the Official Selection, in competition at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, which takes place from May 16-27, 2023.

Moreover, “Banel E Adama”, the debut feature by Senegalese filmmaker Ramata-Toulaye SY, recipient of the Spring 2023 grants, was also selected to In Competition, marking the first ever DFI grantee project selected to the prestigious section.

This nomination makes DFI the only cultural organization in the MENA region to have eight supported projects including seven co-financed titles selected for the Official Selection, In Competition to date.

Previous nominees include Asghar Farhadi's "The Salesman" in 2016, Nadine Labaki's "Caphernaum" and "The Wild Pear Tree" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan in 2018, "It Must Be Heaven" by Elia Suleiman in 2019 and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Memoria" in 2021.

Diverse projects supported by DFI through its Grants program will screen to global audiences in key sections of the prestigious Festival including three in Official Selection, Un Certain Regard; one in Official Selection, Midnight Screening; four projects in the parallel section of Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique), one in Director's Fortnight (Quinzaine des cinéastes), and one in ACID.

Nuri's film Winter Sleep' won the Palme d'Or at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, and he has also been awarded the Best Director Award in 2008 for Three Monkeys' and the Grand Jury Prize (Grand Prix) in 2002 for Once Upon a Time in Anatolia'. Jessica Hausner returns to Cannes after having three previous films, "Lovely Rita", "Hotel" and "Amour Fou" selected to the Un Certain Regard section of the festival and Little Joe' selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 edition of the Festival.

The movies that were officially selected at the Un Certain Regard included "The Mother of All Lies" (Morocco, France, Qatar/2023) by Asmae El Moudir, "If Only I Could Hibernate" (Mongolia, France, Switzerland, Qatar / 2023), by Zoljargal Purevdash, and "Hounds" (Morocco, France, Belgium, Qatar/2023) by Kamal Lazraq.

One of only three films selected to the Midnight Screenings segment of Official Selection is Omar La Fraise (Algeria, France, Qatar/2023), by Elia Belkeddar.

The Critics' Week movies included InshAllah Wallad (Jordan, Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar/2023), by Amjad Al Rasheed, Tiger Stripes (Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar/2023), by Amanda Nell Eu; "I Promise You Paradise" (Egypt, France, Qatar/2023) by Morad Mostafa and "Lost Country" (Serbia, France, Croatia, Luxembourg, Qatar/2023) by Vladimir Perisic.

Deserts (Morocco, France, Germany, Belgium, Qatar/2023) by Faouzi Bensaïdi has been selected for Director's Fortnight (Quinzaine des cinéastes), and Machtat (Tunisia, Lebanon, France, Qatar/2023) by Sonia Ben Slama was selected for ACID category.

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