Feature-length and Documentaries competition
The two competitions of the 25rd edition of the Med Cinema Festival of Tetouan have been distinguished by the projection of films premieres. 23 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
The vice of hope
Edoardo De Angelis
Mohamed Rekkab award
Jury’s special award
Guillaume Giovanetti, Çağla Zencirci
France, Turkey, Luxembourg, Germany
Azzeddine Meddour award
first work award
Palestine, USA, Qatar
Best Actress award
The vice of hope
Edoardo De Angelis
Best Actor Award
Palestine, USA, Qatar
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
You come from far away
Amal Ramsis, Egypt - Lebanon - Spain - Qatar
Castiñeiras Gallego Iván
Président du jury long métrage
Président du jury documentaire
Président jury de la Critique «Mustapha Mesnaoui»
Cinéaste et musicien italien
He is the founder of the group New-wave Scrotilla in 1979, after he graduated in electronic engineering from the university of Genes, he settles in Roma towards the ends of the eighties and, with Aldo De Scalzi, he started an artistic partnership and they both began producing soundtracks. After garnering an international renown by producing the music of the feature-film “Steam, the Turkish bath”, directed by Ferzan Özpetek, he composed more the 150 soundtracks for Cinema and Television, of which “Song ‘e Napule” (Directed by Manetti Bros), with whom he was awarded the David Di Donatello in 2014, the Nastro D’Argento, the Globo d’Oro and the Bifest prize for the best original soundtrack and the musical “Ammore e Malavita”, It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival where he won the Soundtrack Stars Award, two Nastri D’Argento -best original soundtrack and best original song, two Ciak d’Oro- best original soundtrack and best original song and the Bifest Award. He also wrote the music of the television series ”Distretto di Polizia” and “L’ispettore Coliandro”. In 2016, he went back to the studio to record a solo album “It’s fine anyway”, writing, playing and singing himself almost all the tracks, that I could become an episodic musical ...
Very young, he directed his first super 8mm film and was awarded the first prize in the National Amateur Film Festival in Algeria. He studied Cinema in Paris then he joined the studios of “Lenfilm” in Saint-Petersburg. He devotes his filmography to creative documentaries that are fully committed to his country. Through his films, he draws the outlines of a very complex humanity: Democracy, modernity-tradition, language, identity, society…A willingness to record the modern memory and to make the documentary an issue of democracy and reflection.
Writer and critic, Morocco
Mohamed GALLAOUI was born in Casablanca in 1952. During his high school, he frequented the library of the FCC (French Cultural Center) in Ain Bordja where he discovered a different and a new way to understand the Cinema thanks to weekly projections of the film adaptation of the biggest literary works.
This passion for a Cinema will get bigger with the creation, in 1974, of the Cinema Club Al-Azaim where he became a facilitator and along with his friend Mohamed Reggab, who was in charge of organizing the discussions about the screened films, he learned the basics of the cinematic language and of the different forms of expression.
During the 80’s, he wrote a lot of critical articles in the “Cultural appendix” of Al-Ittihad Al-Ichtiraki and many other newspapers. After that, he joined the editorial board of the revue “Études Ciématographiques” (Cinematographic Studies), he co-founded the communication revue “Vision” and “Ciné.ma”. ...
Feature-length films competition
1. Pause (Pafsi), Tonia Mishiali, Cyprus, Greece, 2018,96’
2. The day I lost my shadow, Soudade Kaada, Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar, 2018
3. Sibel, Guillaume Giovanetti, Çağla Zencirci, France, Turkey, Luxembourg, Germany, 2018, 95’
4. The reports on Sarah and Saleem, Muayad Alayan, Palestine, 2018, 127’
5. The Guest, Hadi Bajouri, Egypt, 2018, 99’
6. The waiter, Steve Krikris, Greece, 2018, 95’
7. Our battles, Guillaume Senez, France, Belgium, 2018, 98’
8. Endless, César Esteban Alenda, José Esteban Alenda, Spain, 2018, 96’
9. The vice of hope, Edoardo De Angelis, Italy, 2018, 108’
10. The 3M unfinished stories, Sâad Chraibi, Morocco, 2018,120’
11. Screwdriver, Bassam Jarbawi, Palestine, USA, Qatar, 2018, 108’
12. Ultimate Revolt,Jilali Ferhati, Morocco, 2018 , 94’
DOCUMENTARY FILMS COMPETITION
1) Trajectroy Drift, Castiñeiras Gallego Iván, Spain, 2018, 24’
2) The chariot and the olive tree, another story of Palestine, Roland NURIER, France, 2018, 92’
3) The silence of the others, Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, Spain - USA, 2018, 95’
4) The Islam of my childhood, Nadia Zouaoui, Algeria - Canada, 2018, 87’
5) Sacrifice, Eyad aljarod, Syria,2018, 96’
6) You come from far away, Amal Ramsis, Egypt - Lebanon - Spain - Qatar, 2018, 84’
7) Vostok N°20, Silveiro Elisabeth, France, 2018, 50’
8) We will not sell our future, Velissaropoulou Niki, Greece, 2018, 52’
9) The Flying Friar , Boric Davor, Croatia, 2018, 50’
10) Away We Go, Hammami Alaeddin - Muhammad Jbehi, Tunisia, 2018
11) Counting Tiles, Choucair Cynthia, Lebanon, 2018, 87’
Perhaps the easiest thing in the Cinema is that the spectator falls in love with an actress like Faten Hamama, be fascinated by her, but it is very difficult that she, herself, be fascinated by a person. However, this big star announced, only once, her admiration for an exceptional actress, we are talking about the notorious actress Nelly Karim.
At the beginning of this millennium, Faten Hamama has chosen Nelly Karim to play the first role in the series “The face of the Moon”, after being captivated by her art and performance, when she was dancing Ballet at the Cairo Opera House. Since then, Faten Hamam revealed Nelly Karim, or “The face of the Moon”, who is illuminating the sky of this Silver edition of Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival.
Nelly Karim started her artistic career as a ballet dancer. And perhaps, she inherited her talent from her Russian mother. As mother of fact, it was Russia who forged this art’s links with the theater. Ever since the inauguration of the Bolshevik theater, and the birth of the ballet theater in Russia.
Nelly Karim was able to fly, with finesse and nimbleness, to the screens of the Cinema, to become the actress who fascinated Faten Hamama. She is an actress who carries the spirit of an angel, while this spirit is carrying her supple body. Her dancing body helped to develop her acting skills, and her wide eyes could express what her body could not say, and what the spectator could not expect.
And through her nimble acting and her dancing and expressing body, we are experiencing the cinema of Nelly Karim, as long as the Cinema is the birth of movements and the creation of time. And our witness is her role in the film “You are my life” by Khalid Youssef, where the dancing and the art are the magical healing potion. And for her performance in this film, she was awarded the best actress prize by the Cairo Film Festival in 2006. And if Wahid Farid was able to convince us, in a funny way, that Nelly Karim is a dazzling actress, we can call, what happens to the spectators while he is watching this actress, “A clash”, and it is the title of one of her best films that was selected, lately, for the Cannes Film Festival. It is a film where our heroine was able to expose a rebellious character, in an Egyptian modern and impressive tragedy.
It was also Nelly Karim who inspired the director and screen-writer Mohamed Diab to include a woman in the film. And by that, Nelly Karim confirms that she is an effective and an influential actress, she does not only play her required role, she also aims to sculpt and to recreate the role during the shooting of the film, as she always emphasizes during our interviews. That was also the case during the 29th edition of Cannes Film festival, where our actress shined bright like a diamond after the projection of “A clash”. It was not the first time. 10 years ago, Nelly Karim sparkled in the film “678”, also directed by Mohamed Diab, where she played a role of a strong woman, who was defending herself and the women of her society against the harassments or any attempt to humiliate her.
Thanks to this film, she won the best actress prize in Malmo Film Festival, in Sweden, and in many other festivals. She even won the same prize for her role in “One Zero” in Cairo National Film Festival and in the Arabic Channels Festival, for her role in “For the highest price”, and the Jury’s prize in the Asian and Pacific Films Festival… and a big number of other prizes. For that, she deserved the Faten Hamama’s excellence prize, 4 years ago, after impressing, earlier, the godmother of the Arabic screens, and becoming the actress who fascinated Faten Hamama.
The first thing that comes to attention when meeting Mohamed Choubi is the fact that he is always happy. He does not hide his love and his passion for life, and it is not irregular, he is the son of Marrakech, the city of joy where he grew up and where he did not hesitate, while he was still a student, to recite, with excitement and pride, the poems of Abu Firass Al-Hamdani, of Al-Mutanabi and Abu Al-Alaa Al-Maari, and to join, towards the end of the eighties, the local youth center, where he discovered the meaning of the collective work and of the knowledge sharing, and where he learned the values of change and freedom.
Mohamed Choubi is an authentic and a gentle Moroccan. Nevertheless, he does not believe in loyalty in Arts, and he “lays” with more than one form of cultural expression. For him, theater is a place of worship where he turns to a monk, where he discovers his soul and body, it is an open workshop to conduct the most difficult artistic experimentations and to give life to different characters. As for the television, it is a love-hate relationship, it is, in his own consideration, overrates some spiritless artistic works, and celebrates ephemeral productions that violate, with some exceptions, the career of the majority of artists. On the other hand, between Mohamed Choubi and the Cinema a spiritual relationship since he watched, with big devotion, his first films in a very dark movie theater, he then joined a cine-club where he learned to watch and analyze different cinematographic schools and currents of thoughts. And then there is his first and exceptional experience in front of the camera, for the film “Thirst” by the director Saad Chraibi, it was his first professional experience. And his work will continue with the title: “The Moroccan symphony”, “One thousand months”, “The tears of sand” … And despite of his considerable status, or because of it, Mohamed Choubi, by using social networks, does not hesitate to freely express his opinion on public affairs, to debate and to voice his anger. He considers his virtual debates as a proof of his devotion and of his patriotism, and through it, he confronts some chauvinists and some intolerant fanatics. Besides that, Mohamed Choubi has, henceforth, a new “lover”, it is the literary writing. He said that this new dedication makes him more conscious and cognizant of the societal and the universal changes and movements. He remembers that he was always the one who writes love letters to his friends’ flames.
Mohamed Choubi is more than convinced that the Moroccan public is very smart and has a very refined and sophisticated artistic taste. He would recommend the artists to be honest and to respect their profession. In his moments of creativity, he admits that the one thing he cares about is to be honest with himself, because if not, the public will sense the opposite. He also argues that the Cinema helps the societies to identify the hidden problem, provides the young with analytical skills and confronts the societal prejudices and stereotypes.
Mohamed Choubi is very proud of the fact that he did work with the gigantesque Moroccan artist Mohamed Bastaoui, he was very influenced by his strong personality and by his generosity. He is also fascinated by the charisma of Mohamed Majd. He is a big fan of Youssef Chahine, in his film “Iron door”, and as well of Mahmoud Al-Meliguy and Ahmed Zaki. His biggest dream is to personify Mohamed Al-Gharbaoui and Mohamed Khair Eddine. In his own words, they are very special artists who belong to alternative world, a very secret world.
And, if one day he is alone in an island, Mohamed Choubi will watch “Once upon a time in America” and will read “One hundred years of solitude”.
Abdellatif El Bazi
Director, producer and screen-writer, Spain
A Spanish filmmaker, producer and screenwriter, Luis Miñarro I Albero was born in Barcelona in 1949. He devoted a quarter of a century to the marvelous word of the 7th art. Mainly, he was in charge of Eddie Saeta, an audiovisual production company (1989-2015)
He produced numerous films (generally auteur films) that have acquired a wide reputation and acknowledgement in the biggest international film festivals. Since his debuts, Miñarro relied on the young filmmakers who have their own original ideas about the cinema. The result was, consequently, positive throughout his career as a producer.
In 2018, he went back to the camera. Shortly after closing his notorious production company Eddie Saeta in 2015 due to the lack of the institutional support, he directed Love me not (Lola Dueñas took part of the film).
In this film, the leading performers were: Ingrid García-Jonsson, Francesc Orella, Lola Dueñas, Óliver Laxe, Luis Alberti, Fausto Alzati, Hugo Catalán, Lu Colomina et Gabriel Ventura. « The idea came up as a riposte and a response to the brutality of Abou Ghraib during the war of Iraq”, as explained by the filmmaker. His scenario was “a metaphor that went to the bottom of things: the repression generates monsters.”. The major imperialist powers can identify with this courageous story.
Miñarro is one of the most audacious producers in the Spanish cinema. At the present time, the excellent Catalan producer, filmmaker and screenwriter is honored, outside of Spain, where we continue to pay tribute to his long career in the cinema, his efforts and his enormous talent.
Other than this exceptional artistic career, the TMFF has not hesitated to designate this distinguished producer as the “Special guest” for his gigantic cinematographic value, at all levels.
He has been awarded many prizes:
The Palm d’Or, awarded at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010);
The Cristal Globe, awarded at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his film “The mosquito net” (2010);
The Jury prize, awarded at the San Sebastian Film Festival for his film “Aita” (2010);
The Hivos Tiger Award, awarded at the Rotterdam International Film Festival of Rotterdam for his film “Finisterre” (2010).
About the year 2010, he says: “In 2010, I witnessed the best moments of the production company, with four awarded movies and the fifth, the strange case of Angelica by Manoel de Oliveira, inaugurating the “Un certain regard” in Cannes film festival, just before closing the door of the company”.
With a lot of sadness, the magnificent Spanish producer evokes this unfortunate recollection: “We are in a country that defends the footballers but does not seem to be interested by the international projection of its artists.”. With certain degree of bitterness, he says: “Recently, there might be some interest to tarnish the image of our community, the cinematographic, not very corporate, throwing us in the same pot”.
The TMFF is very pleased to receive the great representant of the Spanish cinema and the established figure of the 7th art.
Mohamed Bouissef Rekab
The Austrian doctor Martin Boltrum dedicated his life to find new ways of treatment, before discovering that the Cinema is the best treatment to heal the injuries and the agonies of the humanity, to answer the outstanding questions, or to ask new necessary questions, sometimes, and to continue enjoying life. And for that, Boltrum changed his clinic to a movie theater and started projecting films every day. This doctor reminds us of the Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz, in the film “The blue elephant’”, where he plays the role of the doctor “Yahya Rached”. Karim Abdel Aziz, in all his films, since his childhood, has this magic ability to awaken and to purify our feelings, to ingeniously subdue our emotions, strengthening our spirits, and making us falling in love with life. Long time ago, a doctor was called a magician, we can call him an actor nowadays. ...
Outre les films palestiniens, quatre films seront projetés dans la rubrique « Coup de cœur » ; il s’agit des films : La bataille d'Alger, un film dans l'histoirede Malek Bensmaïl(Algérie), Voyage autour de la chambre d’une mèrede Celia Rico Celia Rico Clavellino (Espagne),Roses empoisonnéesd’Ahmed Fawzi Saleh (Égypte) et Regarde-moi de NéjibBelkadhi(Tunisie).
1- The mosque/ A Jamaa, Daoud Oulad Seyed 2010, 86’
2- Burned hearts, Ahmed El Maanouni 2007, 84’
3- House in the Fields, Tala Hadid 2017, 86’
4- Detained memory, Jilali Ferhati, 2004, 94’
5- A death to sell, Faouzi Bensaidi, 2011, 117’
6- Times of comrades, Mohamed Chrif Tribak, 2009, 97’
7- The forgotten of the history, Hassan Benjelloune, 2010, 105’
PROGRAM 1: FEATURE-LENGTH FICTION FILM
• Screwdriver, Bassam Jarbawi 2018, Palestine- USA- Qatar, 108’
PROGRAM 2 : FEATURE-LENGTH FICTION FILM
• Villa Touma, Souha Arraf, Palestine, 2014, 85’
PROGRAM 3 : DOCUMENTARY
• Emwas: Restoring Memories, Dima Abu Ghosh, Palestine, 2017, 52’
• Trip Along Exodus, Hind Shoufani, 2015, Palestine - Lebanon- Syria, 120 ’
PROGRAM 4 : SHORT FILMS
• Bonbone, Rakan Mayasi, Palestine - Lebanon, 2017, 15’
• The Pipe, Sami Zarour, 2018, 10’
• Area C, Salah Abu Nimah, 2018 , 09’49
• The Parrot, Darin J Salam, Palestine, 2016, 18’
• The Living of the Pigeons, Baha Abu Shanab, Palestine, 2015, 16’
PROGRAM 5 :
Creative Interruptions, Projects on the archives of the revolutionary Palestinian Cinema.
• The Flower of all Cities, Ali Siam, 1969, 7’
• Palestine in the Eye, PLO Film Unit - Mustafa Abu Ali, 1976,28’
• The Urgent Call for Palestine , Ismail Shammout, 1973,5’
• Glow of Memory, Ismail Shammout, 1972, 12’
• Palestinian Identity, KassemHawal, 1983, 40’
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