2007 Mashrek


In 2007 Open Doors focused on cinema in the Near and Middle East (Mashrek): Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Iraq, the Palestinian Territories and Egypt.

On top of it, the section invited two special guests: the Cinéfondation from Cannes and the Buenos Aires Lab (BAL Goes International). Both of them presented six projects.


Selected projects

EYE OF THE PHOENIX by Mai Masri (Lebanon)
FIX ME by Raed Andoni (Palestine)
FROM NOWHERE WITH LOVE by Hazim Bitar (Jordan)
HALAL by Assad Fouladkar (Lebanon)
HARAG WE MARAG by Nadine Khan (Egypt)
HE! N’OUBLIE PAS LE CUMIN by Hala Alabdalla (Palestine)
I CAN’T GO HOME by Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas (Lebanon)
LE CHEMIN DES FIGUIERS by Meyar AL-Roumi (Palestine)
MAN WITHOUT A CELLPHONE by Sameh Zoabi (Israel)
MESSAGES FROM THE SEA by Daoud Abd El-Sayed (Egypt)
THANATHUR by Tawfik Abu-Wael (Israel)
THE LAW IN THESE PARTS (working title: JUSTICE MUST BE SEEN) by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (Israel)
THE ONE-MAN VILLAGE by Simon El-Habre (Lebanon)


Award-winning projects

The two grants for development and production offered by the SDC and jointly allocated by the Festival and visions sud est, the Swiss fund for production support:

THANATOR by Tawfik Abu-Wael, produced by Amir Harel, Lama Films (Israel)
Open Doors grant: 50,000 Swiss Francs

LE CHEMIN DES FIGUIERS by Meyar Al Roumi (Syria), produced by Emmanuel Agneray and Jérôme Bleitrach, BIZIBI Productions (France)
Open Doors grant: 50,000 Swiss Francs

The two awards offered by the CNC (Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée) went to:

THE LAW IN THESE PARTS (working title: JUSTICE MUST BE SEEN), by Israeli director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, produced by Liran Atzmor, Belfilms (Israel):
Development grant: 10,000 Euro

HARAG WE MARAG, directed and produced by Nadine Khan, KhanWika Production (Egypt): all expenses paid for a two months’ stay at the Moulin d’Andé writer’s residency in France.


BAL: Buenos Aires Lab Goes International 

Selected projects:
AGUA FRIA DE MAR by Paz Fabrega (Costa Rica)
LA BELLEZA / NOSILATIAJ by Daniela Seggiaro (Argentina)
LAS CENIZAS by Raul del Busto (Perù)
NAVIDAD by Sebastian Lelio (Cile)
PUERTO PADRE by Gustavo Fallas (Costa Rica)
RIO FIJMAN by Luis Ortega (Argentina)



AUSENCIAS by Milagros Mumenthaler (Argentina)
K & ALI by Pelin Esmer (Turkey)
KEEP SMILING by Rusudan Chkonia (Georgia)
THE POLICEMAN by Nadav Lapid (Israel)
THE ROOSTER: URBAN LEGENDS by Mitra Farahani (Iran)

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