3000 Nights Paves Its way to London and Busan Festivals
Following the wide acclaim in its world Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, 3000 Nights by Mai Masri is competing at Busan International Film Festival (1-10 October). On the other hand, the news is revealed that BFI London Film Festival has selected the film for its 59th edition this year
A Palestinian, French, Jordanian, UAE and Lebanese co-production, 3000 Nights stars Maisa Abdelhadi and Nadera Omran, and is distributed by MAD Solutions in the Arab world. The film tells the story of a young Palestinian schoolteacher who is arrested on false accusations and incarcerated in an Israeli prison, where she gives birth to a baby boy. Through her struggle in prison and her relationship with the other prisoners, she fights to protect her son, survive and maintain hope.
After the highly acclaimed and well received world premiere of 3000 Nights in Toronto, the film was selected in several other major festivals. London Film Festival described it with these words: "Mai Masri's fiction debut about a young Palestinian mother in detention is a poetic, compelling and raw allegory for freedom under occupation."
Film Critic Ibrahim Al Ariss of Al Hayat newspaper wrote, "Mai Masri wanted to create a spontaneous string of events in the film, one leading to the other as if they were improvised with no planned screenplay."
"The film is very engaging that it makes the viewer feel they're in a real-life prison where time ceases," he added.
Sheri Linden at The Hollywood Reporter commented, "When she chooses to have the baby rather than terminate the pregnancy, [this] is an act of defiance and an obvious stake in life and hope in the midst of grim surroundings. It's a powerful metaphor in a film whose entire design is clearly symbolic."
Mai Masri is a Palestinian-American filmmaker. She studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University (USA) where she graduated with a BA degree. Holding an extensive repertoire of documentaries packed with humanistic passion, Masri's films have received over 60 awards from major international film festivals. Her filmography includes; Under the Rubble (1983), Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon (1986), War Generation - Beirut (1998), Children of Fire (1990), Suspended Dreams (1992), Children of Shatila(1998), A Woman for Her Time (1995), Beirut Diaries (2006), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), and 33 Days (2007).