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Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

“Gabbla” by Tariq Teguia, presented in Open Doors 2015



With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Open Doors aims to support and highlight directors from a region in the South or the East where independent cinema is vulnerable. Every year this initiative is devoted to a different region, comprising a Co-production Lab and public screenings. This year, Open Doors is devoted to four countries in the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Open Doors Screenings

The Open Doors Screenings offer the public a selection of films that are particularly representative of the cinematic world of the chosen region.

BLA CINIMA by Lamine Ammar-Khodja – France – 2014 – 82’
C’ÉTAIT MIEUX DEMAIN by Hinde Boujemaa – Tunisia – 2012 – 71’
GABBLA (INLAND) by Tariq Teguia – Algeria/France – 2008 – 140’
HISTOIRE DE JUDAS by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche –France/Algeria – 2015 – 99’
LA CHINE EST ENCORE LOIN by Malek Bensmaïl – Algeria/France – 2009 – 124’
LES TERRASSES by Merzak Allouache – Algeria/France – 2013 – 92’
HORRA (LIBRE) by Moez Kamoun –Tunisia – 2014 – 95’
PRINTEMPS TUNISIEN by Raja Amari – Tunisia/France – 2014 – 92’
SUR LA PLANCHE by Leïla Kilani – Morocco/France/Germany – 2011 – 106’

Short Films

CHOUF by Imen Dellil – Tunisia/Germany/France – 2014 – 26’
EN DEHORS DE LA VILLE by Rim Mejdi – Morocco – 2013 –18’
LA FIÈVRE by Safia Benhaim – Morocco/France – 2014 – 40’
RETOUR, VERS UN POINT D’ÉQUILIBRE by Nadia Chouieb – Algeria/France – 2009 – 23’
TARZAN, DON QUICHOTTE ET NOUS by Hassen Ferhani – Algeria/France – 2013 – 18’

Libyan Short Films

80 by Muhannad Lamin – Libye – 2012 – 6’
DEAD END by Ahmed Aboub – Libye – 2015 – 8’
DRIFTING by Samer S. Omar – Libye – 2015 – 11’
GRAFFITI by Anas El Gomati e Ibrahim El Mayet – Libye – 2012 – 4’
LANDOFMEN by Kelly Ali–Libye–2015–4’
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE by Najmi Own – Libye – 2015 – 16’
THE MOSQUE by Farag Al-Sharif – Libye – 2015 – 4’
THE RUNNER by Mohannad Eissa – Libye – 2014 – 4’
THE SANDWICH MAKER by Samer S. Omar – Libye – 2014 – 4’
THE SECRET ROOM by Ibrahim Y. Shebani – Libye – 2012 – 4’


Open Doors: the Co-production Lab

The thirteenth edition, which will take place August 8 – 11, presents a selection of 12 projects from the four countries from the Maghreb. Their directors and producers will have the opportunity to have contact with potential partners, mainly European, in order to encourage financing of their projects, which would be otherwise difficult to complete.

Various workshops will be organized for the films’ representatives, dealing with presentation techniques (pitch training run by Sibylle Kurz) and issues relating to production and distribution in independent cinema. Thanks to a collaboration with EAVE (PUENTES Europe – Latin America Producers Workshop), the projects’ representatives will have a chance to participate in a session on traditional and alternative distribution, held by Sarah Calderón. Open Doors A panel about the different funding possibilities available for films from the Maghreb and the Arab world in general, held by Jean des Forêts (Petit Film/EAVE), will be offered to the Open Doors participants and interested professionals.

Some projects will also receive script-writing support thanks to a partnership with the TorinoFilmLab, and one of the selected projects may be presented at the next edition of the Torino festival. As with the last edition, three producers from the films presented will also have the chance to participate in the Producers Network of the Marché du Film during the 2016 Cannes Festival. At the end of the four days lab, various awards will be offered. An award of 50,000 CHF is financed by the Open Doors initiative in collaboration with the town of Bellinzona and the Swiss production fund Visions Sud Est, also supported by the DSC. ICAM (Investing in Culture & Art in the South Mediterranean), a new initiative funded by the European Union (Programme Med Culture), will offer, for the first time, a contribution of 20,000 Euros for the development or post-production. The CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) will offer a prize worth 10,000 Euros and ARTE will finance a prize of 6,000 Euros. MAD Solutions, the first Pan-Arab independent studio, will select a project and award it a distribution deal comprising the costs of public relations, marketing, print and publicity. Open Doors is organized in close collaboration with the Festival del film Locarno’s Industry Office and among its supporters counts ACE (Ateliers du cinéma européen), EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and the Producers Network Marché du Film (Cannes Festival). The Festival also draws on input from Alex Moussa Sawadogo, an expert in African cinema and director of the film festival Afrikamera in Berlin.

Selected projects:

ALLER SIMPLE by Nadia Raïs – Tunisia
DIEU RECONNAÎTRA LES SIENS by Hassan Legzouli – Morocco
EN ATTENDANT LES HIRONDELLES by Karim Moussaoui – Algeria/France INHEBEK HEDI by Mohamed Ben Attia – Tunisia
L’AMOUR DES HOMMES by Mehdi Ben Attia – Tunisia/France
LE FORT DES FOUS by Narimane Mari – Algeria
LE SACRIFIÉ by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène – Algeria
PAGAN MAGIC by Fyzal Boulifa – Morocco/France
RETINA by Nejib Belkadhi – Tunisia
RUQYA by Yanis Koussim – Algeria/France
SAINT INCONNU by Alaa Eddine Aljem – Morocco
THE COLONEL’S STRAY DOGS by Khalid Shamis – Libye/South Africa

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