Feature-length and Documentaries competition
The two competitions of the 24rd edition of the Med Cinema Festival of Tetouan have been distinguished by the projection of films premieres. 20 films (feature-length and Documentaries) were in competition for the 9 prizes and 9 trophies awarded by the Festival.
Three juries (Feature-length, Documentaries and Critic’s jury), composed of academics and critics, were responsible of choosing 9 winners (films, actresses and actors).
The prize list was welcomed by the journalists, the guests and the public. It was as follows:
The Grand Prix of the city
de Dora Masklavanou (Grèce)
Mohamed Rekkab award
Jury’s special award
R EQUIEM OUR MADAME J
de Bojan Vuletic
(Serbie, Bulgarie, Macédoine, Russie, France)
Azzeddine Meddour award
first work award
Best Actress award
dans le film
Veleno de Diego Olivares
Best Actor Award
dans le film
Wajib d'Annemarie Jacir
Feature-length Prize List
Mustapha Mesnaoui award
awarded by Groupe Akher Saa
R EQUIEM OUR MADAME J
de Bojan Vuletic
(Serbie, Bulgarie, Macédoine, Russie, France)
Documentaries prize list
The Grand Prix of the city
Jury’s special award
First work award
House in the Fields
de Tala Hadid
(Maroc, Qatar, France)
de Sophia Català et Rosa Perez
President of the feature-length film jury
President of the documentary film jury
President of the critics jury "Mustapha Mesnaoui"
Tunisian director and artist
The Tunisian director and artist NacerKhemir presides the feature-length film jury of the 24th edition of Tetouan Mediterranean film festival,wich is taking place from the 25th to the 31st of March.
Mohamed NacerKhemir wrote in literature just as he did in scenarios.He is skilled in many areas including painting, poetry and Arabic calligraphy. We shall describe him then as a creative and versatile director. He is the author of “Shahrazad”, “The cloud in love”, “the magician of the geniuses”, “The alphabet of the sand, “The story of the storytellers”…
He directed his first film “The history of God’s country” in 1975. And after that he released “Wanderers of the desert”, then “The dove's lost necklace” in 1989, the short film “Looking for the thousand and one nights”, “Bab’Aziz” and “Looking for Muhyddine” in 2005 and last but not least “Whispering sands” that has been produced last year. His films were awarded in many Arabic and European film festivals like Nantes and Saint Martin festivals in France, Valencia’s festival in Spain, Locarno international film festival, Fajr festival in Iran, Barcelona international film festival …
The feature-length jury also includes Alicia Simone from France, she is a cinematographic expert and an authentication and programing specialist. She will be accompanied by the French director Dominique Barouch and the Spanish actress Ana Turpin.
The Iraqi director Kais al Zoubaidi, whom cinematographic productions and documentaries are very related to the Palestinian cause, will preside the documentary film jury. He is also known for his researches in the history and theory of the cinema and his studies about the cinema, Drama andtelevision.
His productions were crowned in very prestigious international film festivals. His documentary films include “Far from the country” in 1962, “Testimonials of the Palestinian children during wartime” in 1972, “Country of the fences” in 1980, “Palestine, people’s register”, “Liberty donor” in 1989, “Water under occupation” in 2008, “Convicted by hope” in 2009, “Who shut the whistle” in 2010 … beside his feature-length film “ Al Yazerli”.
His book “Palestine in the Cinema” figures among his most relevant publications in the field of cinema. We also can catalogue “The visible and the audible in the cinema”, “Monographs in the theory and the history of the film’s image” …
The documentary film jury is comprised of the Moroccan writer and publicist Nadia Essalmi, the owner of the very first publishing house for children, the French writer and filmmaker Adam Bianco and the Spanish researcher and filmmaker Juan Carlos Padron.
The Critics jury, that was given the name of late Mustapha Mesnaoui, will be presided by the Moroccan critic Khalil Damon. He is the president of the association of the critics of Morocco and the African federation of cinema critics. He has taken part in the development of the cine-clubs in Morocco since the 80s. He published many studies and articles about the cinema and the Moroccan cinema. Those articles have been collected in his new book “Critical shreds”.He will be joined by the Moroccan media professional Sabah Bendaoud and the Moroccan writer and journalist Hassan Laassibi.
20 films for the two Competitions
20 films aspire to win the prizes of the 24th edition of the TMFF which takes place from March 24th to 31st, 2018. For the feature films category, the 12 competing films will be screened in the movie theater Avenida : the Palestinian film Wajib by Annemarie Jacir, the Spanish film I don’t know how to say goodbye by Lino Escalera, the Georgian and Estonian film Scary mother by Ana Urushadze, the Serbian film Requiem for madam J by Bojan Vuletic, the Greek film Polyxeni by Dora Maskalavanou, the Lebanese film “ Ghada El Eid “ by Lucizn Bourjeily, the Tunisian film Benzine by Sarra Abidi, the Romanian film Pororoca by Constantin Popescu, the Franco-Algerian film The blessed by Sofia Djama, the Egyptian film Cactus flower by Hala Elkhoussy, the Italian film Veleno by Diego Olivares and finally the Moroccan film The cry of the soul by Abdelilah Eljaouhary.
As for the documentaries, 8 film will compete : The Franco-Palestinian Ghost Hunting by Raed Andoni, the Moroccan film House in the fields by Tara Hadid, the Franco-Palestinian A long and hot summer in Palestine by Norma Marcos, the Lebanese film 194, us, the children of the camp by Samer Salamah, the Italian film Appennino by Emiliano Dante Valentina, the French film Armonia, Franco and my grandfather by Ladjointe Xavier, the Syria-Lebanon film Obscure by Soudade Kaadan and the Spanish film Suspicious package by Sofia Catala and Perez Masdeu.
Many films will be screened out-of-competition: The beautiful and the hounds by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia), DRUZINICA by Jan Cvitkovič (Slovenia), Lucky (Fortunata) by Sergio Castellitto (Italy), Burnout by Nourddine Lakhmari (Morocco) and Crime of the angels by Bania Medjbar (France).
As part of “Retrospective, on both sides of the Mediterranean”, presented in partnership with the French Institute of Tetouan and the regional directorate of the Ministry of National Education of Tetouan, five films will be programmed: The stop-over by Kaveh Bakhtiari (Switzerland), Cornich Kennedy by Dominique Cabrera (France), Rengaine by Rachid Djaïdani (France), Tour de France by Rachid Djaïdani (France), Five broken cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi (Palestine/France) .
Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival pays tribute to four female stars of the Mediterranean: The Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby, the Italian actress Anna Bonaiuto, the Spanish actress Luisa Gavasa and the Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou. Vibrant homages will be tended to those celebrities in the movie-theater Español during the opening and the closing ceremonies of the festival, which takes place from March 25th to March 31st in Tetouan.
The Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby is one of the most famous stars of the Egyptian cinema since the beginning of the new millennium; and this has been the case since her remarkable appearance in the movie "The magician" along with the late Mahmoud Abdel Aziz. The same year, she excelled in the movie "The storm". In 2003, in three films "Indian Film", "Talk with mom" and "Iw'a wishshak. She has also played major roles in the films "Banat wist al balad", "I love cinema", "You are my life", "Ouija", "In the station of Cairo", "One of the people" ... Her performance was exceptional in "The chaos" of Youssef Chahine. She was the main character in many important films such as "Al oula fi al ghram", "Assif ala izaj", "Microphone", "Nouara", " Le ruisseau, le pré vert et le visage ". Finally, "Tourab al nass" is her latest film.
In parallel with the cinema, Menna Shalaby has appeared in numerous television series: "Salma ya salama", "Hadit alsabah wa al masae", "War of the spies", "Where is my heart”,” Sunset Oasis”
Thanks to her outstanding performance in “After the battle”, she participated in Cannes Film Festival in 2012. In 2006, she was awarded the best female actress’s prize in the Catholic Center for the Egyptian Cinema and in the Egyptian Film Festival for her role in “Banat al Balad”. In 2016, her talent in the film “Nouara” made her the best female actress in Tetouan.
As for the great Italian actress Anna Bonaiuto, she played tirelessly, and each time with a renewed breath, for cinema, television and theater. She studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Italy and made her debut in the theater, under the direction of distinguished directors like Luca Ronconi, Mario Missirolo and Carlo Cecchi. Italian star Ana Bonaiuto has excelled in cinema, television and theater. She first appeared in a series of secondary roles in various films, before being entrusted, in 1978, with a major role in the film "Caresses bourgeoises" by Eriprando Visconti, where she interpreted the role of maid Armida. The 1980s where her way back the theater, without forgetting her passion for the Cinema. In 1992, Her career took a cruising speed after her performance in “The death of a Neapolitan mathematician”. Her creativity and talent in the film “Without being able to say it” by Lilia Cabani were behind her “Best supporting actress” award. She will also be assigned the leading role in “scarred love”. Thanks to this film, she will walk off with many prestigious prizes. In 2008, she was awarded the prize “Eleonora Duse” for her career in Cinema and Theater.
The great Spanish actress Luisa Gavasa first performed in her hometown Zaragoza, before moving to Barcelona, where she participated in famous plays, such as "The Death Cycle in Senara" by Salvador and Goethe de Faust. In 1976, she moved to Madrid to accompany Miguel Naros and Adolfo Marsalach in the theaters of the capital. She has also participated in many television series including “Ramond and Cajal”, “The duty chemist’s”, “Kangaroos”, “Foster brother”, “Girls of the cable”, “The cursed prince” …
Her first feature-length film was “The complete woman” by Cesar Ardavin, then she acted for Almodovar, Miguel Piccao, José Maria Fuci, Felipe Vica, Javier Balaguer, Juan Vicente Córdoba, Salvador Garcia Ruiz and other directors. In 2010, she acted in “From your window to mine” by Paola Ortiz Alvarez. “The girlfriend” was their second collaboration, Thanks to that film, she became the first Spanish actress to win several major prizes in a single year: The Goya prize, Feroz prize, the best actress in Alexandria Film Festival. The authorities of Aragon conferred on her “The Favorite Girl” of Zaragoza in 2014. In 2016, she was chosen “The preacher of the Pilar Holidays”
In turn, the Moroccan star Mouna Fettou started her artistic career as a theater actress on the stage of “The workshop of the professional theater” in Rabat. Her talent emerged when she was just a primary school student. With the Moroccan director Abdelkader Lagtaâ, Mouna Fettou sparkles in the early 1990s in the film "A love in Casablanca”. Then, she brilliantly plays a role in the second part of the film "Looking for my wife’s husband” by Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi in 1997. That was followed by three other successful films: « Women and Women”, “A simple news item” and “Jawhara”. In 2001, she was the main character of “Thirst” by Saad Chraibi. And the list of her cinematographic interpretations is long: “And now ladies and gentlemen” (2002) by Claude Lelouch”, “I saw Benbarka get killed” (2005), “Two women on the road” (2007), “Rhimou” (2007). She also took part of many television series: “Jnan el Karma” (2001), “The daughters of Rahma” (2010) and “Aren’t we neighbors” (2010)
Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival chose the theme “Cinema and freedoms” as the main axis of the colloquium that will be held within the framework of the cultural program of the current edition.
Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival chose the theme “Cinema and freedoms” as the main axis of the colloquium that will be held within the framework of the cultural program of the current edition. The objective of this meeting is to « launch a well-thought discussion about the emblematic relationship between the freedom of creation and the different authorities (Political, religious, moral, artistic, etc…), with the concern to better understand the connections between those convoluted concepts that define the relationship between the citizen and the authority”. On this basis, the colloquium will try to answer different questions such as: How does the Mediterranean Cinema represent the concepts of “freedoms” and “rights”? How do the Mediterranean filmmakers build their rhetoric about the concepts of freedom (freedom of worship, of association, of speech, of creativity…)? How does the Mediterranean Cinema confront the barriers to the creativity? How do we censor? Who practice it? The participants and the public will ask those questions and others. The goal is to find plausible answers and to cast a light on a subject that, despite the promises of the governments, concerns the writers and the artists, the filmmakers in particular whom work is widely broadcast.
Among the questions discussed, there is also: the representation of the authorities and the liberty in the Mediterranean cinema; the expression of the tensions between the filmmakers, the authority and the public. The cinema as a mean to defend the freedoms and to raise awareness. Among the participants the university professor and critic Olivier Caïra (France), the university professor and writer Mouna Chimiyi (Egypt) and the sociologist Mohamed Ennaji (Morocco).
Driss El Korri
University professor and critic
University professor and writer
In this edition, the festival will discuss the issues of the Moroccan Cinema by organizing a round table about the “challenges of the Moroccan Cinema”:
The festival will also discuss the issues of the Moroccan Cinema in this edition by organizing a round table about “The Challenges of the Moroccan Cinema: from the production to the distribution”. The starting point of this round table is the fact that Morocco has an advanced cinematographic policy in terms of production with very important credit and clear terms of reference, but it also need a real strategy to promote the 7th art, the goal is to complete the cycle of the cinematographic industry in Morocco, from the production to the promotion.
But that would only be possible if we invest more in the academic education, across all the cinematographic occupations, by building national and regional institutes, programs and core subject studies. Furthermore, the involvement of the authorities to promote the cinematographic sector does not justify the absence of the private sector: there is no cinematographic industry without the combined efforts of the public sector and the private sector.
How can we encourage the private sector to further invest in the Moroccan cinema, in terms of production and promotion? How can we create more spaces and theaters to project films? It is time to think about the possibility to build theaters and cinematheques in the neighborhoods and the cities...Will participate in this round table the cinema critic Farqzaid Bouchta, the director and producer Khalid Zaïri, the director Chrif Tribak and the film distributor Najib Benkirane.
Director and producer
Always within the cultural program of the festival, Francis Borda, a French university professor, will give a conference on the “Conquest and defense of the liberty: Chaplin the filmmaker”.
Always within the cultural program of the festival, Francis Borda, a French university professor, will give a conference on the “Conquest and defense of the liberty: Chaplin the filmmaker”. The festival of Tetouan will also organize a special section dedicated to workshops, to conferences and master classes within the framework of the section “at the school of the festival”.
Those activities will be facilitated and organized by expert and professionals, they will be organized in the schools and the cultural centers of the city.
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