13 posts categorized "Religion"

May 10, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: ADAM —MARYAM TOUZANI

Adam

Abla, a widow and mother to a 10-year-old girl, struggles to survive and give her child the best possible future. After the death of her husband, she starts a home-based business from her kitchen, which opens up on the street through a metal shutter. Everyday, she makes and sells homemade bread and all types of traditional Moroccan pastries. Closed-off from life, leading an existence devoid of happiness and taking refuge in her work, Abla has become old before her time.

Unable to manifest love towards her child, she has replaced tenderness with pragmatism. When Samia, a young woman who is heavily pregnant knocks on her door, seeking shelter and overwhelmed by the weight of her burden of giving birth to a child without a father, Alba is unaware that this chance encounter will change her forever.

Maryam-touzani

Moroccan actor/writer/director Maryam Touzani's debut feature will premiere in Cannes's Un Certain Regard section. Seek out Babil Ayouch's "Razzia" (2017) to see Maryam Touzani in a leading role in a film she co-wrote. 

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May 09, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: YOUNG AHMED —JEAN-PIERE AND LUC DARDENNE

Young Ahmed

"A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran."

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Cannes regulars Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne bring their eighth film to the Competition for the Palme d'Or, for which the brothers have won twice — in 1999 ("Rosetta") and in 2005 for L'Enfant." Known for their sensitivity to the complexities of social issues, "Young Ahmed" will be under a microscope in Cannes. The Dardennes will surely be up for the discussion that follows. 

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May 03, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: PORT AUTHORITY —DANIELLE LESSOVITZ

Danielle Lessovitz

"On the steps outside New York City’s dizzying central bus station, Port Authority, a girl named Wye vogues with her siblings. Paul, a young drifter, watches her — transfixed by her beauty. After he seeks her out, an intense love soon blossoms. Wye introduces him to the ballroom community, an underground LGBTQ subculture, and to her house, a self-selected chosen family. But when Paul discovers Wye is trans, he is forced to confront his feelings for her and the social forces that seek to rupture their bond."

Port AuthorityDANIELLE LESSOVITZ

"Danielle Lessovitz is a San Francisco-born writer/director in film and advertising. She is based in New York City and works internationally in countries such as Italy, Ecuador, Brazil, and China. Trained in documentary film at Northwestern's prestigious Annenberg School of Communications she discovered a passion in screenwriting and directing through her documentary work. Her most recent screenwriting effort, Mobile Homes, which she cowrote with Vladimir de Fontenay, premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes 2017."

"She is currently embarking on her directorial debut Port Authority which has been awarded grants by the Torino Film Lab, France's CNC Cinema du Monde and New York Council of the Arts. Martin Scorsese will Executive Produce the film along with Sophie Mas + Lourenço St' Anna. Producers are Rodrigo Teixeira from RT Features, Virginie Lacombe from Madeliene Film and Zachary Kislevitz."   

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