3000 Nights | The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul | Mustafa Z | A Ciambra | El Jaida | Buried Secrets
Six Films Distributed by MAD Solutions at the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival in Tunisia
Six films distributed by MAD Solutions take part in the 1st Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival in Tunisia, which runs from Sunday, July 9 to Sunday, July 15. The films are 3000 Nights by Mai Masri,
Mustafa Z by Nidhal Chatta, A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano, El Jaida by Selma Baccar, Buried Secrets by
Raja Amari and The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul by Anda√ß Haznederoğlu, which will be making its Arab world premiere with the attendance of its lead Saba Mubarak.
Organized by the National Center for Cinema and Image (CNCI), French National Center for Cinema (CNC), French Institute of Tunisia and the Arab Tunisian Bank, the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival
aims to give Tunisian audiences the chance to explore Mediterranean cinema. The festival will screen 52 films from 12 countries during its first edition.
About 3000 Nights:
Written and directed by Mai Masri,the Palestinian-Jordanian film won 18 awards at international film festivals and represented Palestine at the Golden Globes.
3000 Nights is a co-production between Jordan, Palestine, France, UAE, Qatar and Lebanon. MAD Solutions handles the distribution of the film in the Arab world. 3000 Nights tells the story of a young Palestinian school teacher who gives birth to her son in an Israeli prison, where she fights to protect him, survive and maintain hope. The film stars Maisa Abdelhadi, Nadera Omran, Raida Adon, Rakeen Saad, Abeer Haddad, Anahid Fayad, Haifa Al Agha, Khitam Edelbi and Hana Chamoun.
About The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul:
Written and directed by Turkish director Anda√ß Haznederoğlu, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul stars Saba Mubarak and child Rawan Skeif, alongside a number of real Syrian refugees who are acting for the first time. The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul is a co-production between the Turkish companies; Anda√ß Film Productions, Istanbul Digital (ID) and Istanbul Film Production (IFP); and the Jordanian company Pan East Media. The film project has received financial support from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. MAD Solutions distributes the film in the Arab world.
The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul follows the journey of Lena and Meryem during their escape from the war in Syria. Lena is a ten-year-old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with the other refugees. Lena
wants to return home, while Meryem's hope is reach Europe.
About Mustafa Z:
Mustafa Z follows a simple Tunisian man through a series of unexpected events that change the course of his life in 24 hours, just a few hours before the country's first democratic elections.
Most recently, Mustafa Z won the Grand Prize and Best Actor to Abdelmonem Chouayet at the 7th Festival Maghr√©bin du Film d'Oujda. Directed by Nidhal Chatta, the film stars Abdelmonem Chouayet, Fatma Nasser, Aissa Harrath, F√©rid Memmich, Narjess Ben Ammar and Sabri Khiari. The film is produced by SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST FILMS and BLACK & LIGHT and distributed by MAD Solutions in the Arab world.
About A Ciambra:
Directed by Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra is a co-production of Italy, USA, France and Sweden. The film was selected at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, as part of its Directors' Fortnight section, and was Italy's submission to the Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards.
Set in a small Romani community in Calabria, A Ciambra follows Pio, a 14-year-old brat who is desperate to grow up fast. He follows his older brother, Cosimo, everywhere. When he disappears, Pio sets out to prove he's ready to step into his big brother's shoes.
About El Jaida:
Directed by Selma Baccar, El Jaida stars Souhir Ben Amara, Mohamed Ali Ben Jemaa, Khaled Houissa and Najoua Zouhair. The film screened at several international film festivals including the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), and the Annaba Mediterranean Film Festival.
Set in 1954, four women meet at Dar Joued, a correction facility for women who disobey their husbands. Despite tough daily living conditions, they find hope and joy in their emerging friendship.
About Buried Secrets:
Directed by Raja Amari, Buried Secrets stars Hafsia Herzi, Sondos Belhassen, Wassila Dari, Dhafer L'Abidine and Hiam Abbass. The film took part in more than 25 international film festivals and won several awards at festivals, including the International Film Festival of Kerala and Brussels Independent Film Festival.
Aicha, Radia and their mother live removed from the world in the servant's quarters in a wing of a deserted mansion. The precarious balance of their daily life is shaken by the arrival of a young couple who move into the main house. A bizarre cohabitation develops between the couple and the three women who decide not to make their presence known to their unexpected neighbors. They cannot leave their hiding place as it conceals secrets buried for years. However, Aicha, the younger of the two sisters, feels drawn by the newcomers...
Screening Times of the Films (Tunisia Time) (GMT +1)
The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul
Wednesday, July 11, 08:30 PM at L'Agora Cinema
Thursday, July 12, 10:30 PM at Plage de la Marsa
Thursday, July 12, 10:30 PM at Plage de Hammam Lif
Friday, July 13, 08:30 PM at La Cinematheque
Saturday, July 14, 05:30 PM at Al Hambra
Sunday, July 15, 06:30 PM at Institut Fran√ßais de Tunisie
Tuesday, July 10, 05:30 PM at L'Agora Cinema
Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 PM at Plage de Hammam Lif
Friday, July 13, 11:00 PM at Al Hambra