Hedi| Foreign Body| Kindil el Bahr
MAD Solutions Sends Three Films to the Festival International du Cinema Mediterraneen de Tetouan
MAD Solutions will present three films from among the films on its distribution list within the 23rd edition of the Festival International du Cin√©ma M√©diterran√©en de T√©touan in Morocco (25 March - 1 April). The three MAD films are; director and writer Mohamed Ben Attia's feature film Hedi, director Raja Amari's feature film Foreign Body, and director Damien Ounouri's short film Kindil el Bahr.
This year's edition of the Festival International du Cin√©ma M√©diterran√©en de T√©touan will be attended by a number of filmmakers, researchers and critics. During the festival, a number of issues will be discussed, such as: borders between countries and immigration and how the Mediterranean films tackled these issues.
Having a successful tour in international festivals winning several awards, director Mohamed Ben Attia won the Best First Feature Award, and the film's lead actor Majd Mastoura won the Silver Berlin Bear at the Berlinale. Hedi is written and directed by Mohamed Ben Attia, and co-produced by Dora Bouchoucha, Nadim Cheikhrouha, along with Belgian producers and directors, the brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night), while the Arab world distribution of the film is handled by MAD Solutions.
The film follows Hedi, a young man who doesn't expect much from the future. While his mother tries to decide his life for him, making arrangements for marrying him off to Khadija,Hedi meets Rym and only two days before his wedding. Captivated by Rym's free-spirit, Hedi finds himself obsessed with his new-born passion and suddenly discovers that his world goes beyond and above conventions. The film stars Majd Mastoura, Rym Ben Messaoud, and Sabah Bouzouita.
About Foreign Body:
Foreign Body is written and directed by Raja Amari, and stars Palestinian eminent actress Hiam Abbass, Sarah Hannachi, Salim Kechiouche, and Majd Mastoura. The film is co-produced by Dora Bouchoucha and Dominique Besn√©hard, alongside Nomadis Images and Mon Voisin Productions. The film had six participations in world festivals, including the Berlinale, and it landed its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. MAD Solutions is responsible for Arab world distribution.
The film follows the first months in France of Samia, a young illegal immigrant who ran away from her brother. Haunted by the fear of being followed by her extremist brother whom she had denounced to the authorities, Samia first finds refuge at Imed's home, a former acquaintance from her village, before ending up working for the rich widow Leila. These new meetings mingle with her headlong flight, where desire enhances tensions.
About Kindil El Bahr:
Dealing with violence against women, Kindil el Bahr follows, Nfissa, a young mother who during a day trip with her family is drowned by a group of young men while swimming offshore. Having no one who seems to witness her disappearing, anxiety and fear grow among the family, especially as, on the same beach, bathers mysteriously start to die. The film stars Adila Bendimerad, Nabil Asli, Aziz Boukerouni, and Souad Sebki.
Kindil El Bahr has received many awards screening at more than 17 international festivals, including; the Cannes Film Festival and received several awards such as the Jury Prize at the Oran Arab Film Festival in Algeria and the Best Short Film Award at the Festival Regards Sur le Cin√©ma du Monde (Glances on the Cinema of the World Festival) in Paris.
Directed by Damien Ounouri, who also co-wrote the film with Adila Bendimerad, Kindil el Bahr is a co-production between El Hadi Bouabdallah, Talal Al-Muhanna, Karim and Amin Bengana, Nathalie Fedrizzi, and Amine Mentseur, while the distribution of the film in the Arab world is handled by MAD Solutions.