Doha Film Institute showcases 12 films at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival



A still from Screwdriver by Bassam Jarbawi.

Presenting Arab and international talent to the world, 12 films supported by the Doha Film Institute will be screened at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Among the 12 films, four will mark their world premiere, while eight have their North American premieres, one of which is in the Special Presentations showcase.

Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO, Doha Film Institute, said, “We are delighted to present the works of our emerging talents and accomplished filmmakers, which have been supported through our grants and co-financing initiatives, and nurtured through our annual industry event, Qumra. The 12 films at Toronto present narratives that celebrate the power of films to inspire and move audiences worldwide.”

In the Masters’ section, the film screenings include those of Turkish auteur, 2014 Palme D’or winner and 2016 Qumra Master, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree; and Divine Wind by the Algerian filmmaker Merzak Allouache

Also marking their world premiere at Toronto, are the following titles: Look at Me directed by Nejib Belkadhi, Freedom Fields by Naziha Arebi, Brotherhood, a film in the Short Cuts segment, directed by Meryam Joobeur.

A still from The Day I Lost My Shadow, by Soudade Kaadan.

The six films to celebrate their North American premieres at Toronto in the Discovery section and Wavelengths programme are: A Kasha by Hajooj Kuka, Screwdriver by Bassam Jarbawi, Too Late To Die Young by Dominga Sotomayor, The Day I Lost My Shadow by Soudade Kaadan, The Load by Ognjen Glavonić, and Long Day’s Journey into Night by Gan Bi.

In the Special Presentations segment is Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaüm, which won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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