Avant Premieres (2)

photograph1Ινδία/India, 2019, εγχρ/col.

Σκην./Dir.: Ritesh Batra | Σεν./Scr.: Ritesh Batra | Φωτ./Cin.: Tim Gillis | Μοντ./ Ed.: John F. Lyons | Μουσ./Mus.: Peter Raeburn | Ηθ./Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Sachin Khedekar | Παρ./Prod.:  Ritesh Batra/Poetic License Production | Διάρκεια/Dur.: 110΄

Two lives intersect in Mumbai and go along together. A struggling street photographer, pressured by his grandmother to get married, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a  connection  that  transforms  them  in  ways  that  they  could  not  expect.

The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and the European premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.

ItMustBeHeaven1Γαλλία/France, Γερμανία/Germany, Καναδάς/Canada, Τουρκία/Turkey, Κατάρ/Qatar, Παλαιστίνη/Palestine, 2019, εγχρ./col.

Σκην./Dir.: Elia Suleiman | Σεν./Scr.: Elia Suleiman | Φωτ./Cin.: Sofian El Fani | Μοντ./Ed.: Véronique Lange | |Ηθ./Cast: Elia Suleiman, Ali Suliman, Gael García Bernal, Grégoire Colin, François Girard, Alain Dahan | Παρ./Prod.:  Abbout Productions, Possible Media, Possibles Média, Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch | Διάρκεια/ Dur.: 97’

Filmmaker Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where is the place we can truly call home?

The film received the Jury Special Mention Αward at the Cannes Film Festival as well as the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film in Competition.