Monday 2 September 2013

African films shine at the 70th Venice Film Festival ’s 'Final Cut'

The ongoing 70th Venice Film Festival in Italy. PHOTO: c/o La Biennale di Venezia

AS Nigeria was conspicuously missing at the world’s largest gathering of the arts, the Venice Biennale, in Italy, what could be described as African representatives at the Film Festival section were screened few days ago.  African countries represented included Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa and Madagascar.

The selected films participated in a forum, Final Cut Workshop of the 70th Venice Film Festival, an initiative that gives post-production supports to potentially great films.

The Venice Film Market and Venice International Film Festival, which started from August 28 ending September 7, 2013 is organized in collaboration with Amiens International Film Festival and Fribourg International Film Festival.
The African films include Egyptian director Ibrahim El-Batout's ‘El-Ott’ (The Cat), which revolves around a man who divorces his wife after their daughter is mysteriously kidnapped in Cairo.
South African director, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer's ‘Territorial Pissings’is an experimental film capturing suburban Johannesburg during “Youth Day”. It shows a series of intimate vignettes into the lives of young South Africans.
Tunisian, Kaouther Ben Hania’s Challatt Tunes set in the summer of 2003, follows a motorcyclist dubbed "Challat" or blade, who drives around the streets of Tunisia's capital, using a razor to cut the buttocks of women walking on the walkways.
From Madagascar, Nantenaina Lova explores the possibilities that recycling holds in rough living condition. 

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