2013: 10th edition

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31/08/2013 h 17:00Darsena
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Followed by Q&A

01/09/2013 h 19:00Giorgione, Cannaregio

02/09/2013 h 19:00Excelsior, Mestre

06/09/2013 h 17:30Perla Due
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Official Selection
by Cherien Dabis
International premiere
United States, Qatar, Jordan, 2013, 98', HD, color

screenplay Cherien Dabis
cinematography Brian Rigney Hubbard
editing Sabine Hoffman
music Carlo Siliotto
art direction Ola Maslik
costumes Beatrice Harb
cast Cherien Dabis (May), Alia Shawkat (Dalia)
Nadine Malouf (Yasmine), Ritu Singh Pande (Anu Brennan)
Hiam Abbass (Nadine), Alexander Siddig (Ziad), Bill Pullman (Edward Brennan)

producers Cherien Dabis
Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Christopher Tricarico
productions Displaced Pictures, Orjouane Productions
coproducers Sabine Sidawi Hamdan
Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Joy Goodwin, Beau J. Genot
coproductions Anonymous Content, Memento Films
executive producers Ritu Singh Pande
Rick Rosenthal, Nicholas Morton
in association with Doha Film Institute
Durga Entertainment Productions, Whitewater Films

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To all appearances, May Brennan has it all: she's intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book, and set to marry her loving fiancé Ziad, a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her family's hometown of Amman, Jordan, for the wedding, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. Her headstrong, born-again Christian mother Nadine disapproves of Ziad, a Muslim, and is firm in her decision to not attend the ceremony. Her sisters Dalia and Yasmine revert to behaving like rebellious teenagers. And her estranged father Edward, newly remarried, awkwardly attempts to make amends. Confronted with the wounds of her parent's long-broken relationship, coupled with the unavoidable clash of old-world and modern values, May is driven to question the direction her life is taking.

"Putting myself in the position of actor/director simultaneously for the first time left me in a much more vulnerable position than I would have ever thought. I often found myself struggling to manage my own natural insecurities. [...] As you can imagine, each of the two ‘hats' requires a completely different mind-set, a very different approach. Directing requires complete control and awareness of what everyone is saying and doing. You're looking at the big picture and seeing everyone's point-of-view. [...] Acting, on the other hand, demands letting go entirely, allowing yourself to lose control and attempting to forget what's about to happen. [...] This continual shift in perspective created a very interesting challenge." [Cherien Dabis]

Cherien Dabis (b. 1976 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.) received her MFA in film from Columbia University. She has written, directed, produced and edited several short films including Make a Wish, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale as well as the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, where it won the Press Prize and Special Jury Mention, among other awards. Dabis worked for three seasons as a writer and co-producer on Showtime's groundbreaking, original hit series The L Word. In 2009, her feature directorial debut Amreeka world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, opened New Director's/New Films at MoMA, and won the prestigious FIPRESCI award at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. It was named one of the Top Ten Independent Films of the Year by the National Board of Review. The same year, Dabis was also named one of Variety's "Ten Directors to Watch."

2013 May in the Summer
2013 Not Another Word (sm)
2009 Amreeka
2007 Make a Wish (sm)
2005 The D Word (mm)
2004 Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother (sm)


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