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Newsletter February 2016

1. DRY HOT SUMMERS now in Clermont-Ferrand
2. IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN at Berlinale next week
3. Re-launch mec film website
4. The Œuvre of MOHAMAD MALAS
5. SOLOMON’S STONE at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris
6. Refugee cinema in Hamburg
7. mec film at Berlinale
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1. DRY HOT SUMMERS now in Clermont-Ferrand

Sherif Elbendary’s DRY HOT SUMMERS is currently showing at the prestigious International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand in the presence of the director.

Content
Two lonely people at opposite chapters of life accidentally meet on a busy summer day in a Cairo taxi. Frail old Shawky and bubbly young Doaa are both caught up in their busy routines as their race through the city evolves into a journey of self-discovery that reconnects them to life.
Egypt/Germany 2015, 30 min, digital, color, Arabic with English or French subtitles


Screenings
I8 - Capitole 1 - Saturday 6 - 17:00
I8 - Agnès Varda - Sunday 7 - 19:00
I8 - Cocteau - Monday 8 - 12:00
I8 - Capitole 1 - Tuesday 9 - 17:00
I8 - Jaude 4 - Wednesday 10 - 14:00
I8 - Vian - Thursday 11 - 11:00
I8 - Agnès Varda - Friday 12 - 21:00
I8 - Cocteau - Saturday 13 - 14:00
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2. IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN at Berlinale next week

We are proud to announce that the new Sci-fi by Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind, IN THE FUTUTRE THEY ATE FROM THE FNEST PORCELAIN, is showing at Berlinale’s Forum Expanded in the presence of the directors.

Screenings
Sun., 14.2., 14:00 Akademie der Kuenste, Hanseatenweg
Mon., 15.2., 17:00 Arsenal 1
Sat., 20.2., 16:00 CinemaxX 5

Content
In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain resides in the cross-section between sci-fi, archaeology and politics. Combining live motion and CGI, the film explores the role of myth for history, fact and national identity.

A narrative resistance group makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain – suggested to belong to an entirely fictional civilization. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands.
Palestine/Denmark/UK/Qatar 2015, 29 min, digital, cinescope, Arabic with English subtitles
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3. Re-launch mec film website

Tonight the new website of mec film went online. The old one had served for almost 15 years and it is not without nostalgia that we took it off the net.
The address is still the same, only the look and some functions have changed. As any good website, it will be dynamic and soon we will announce the news online again.
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4. The Œuvre of MOHAMAD MALAS

mec film is happy to pronounce, that we are serving as agent to the films of renown Syrian film-maker Mohamad Malas. Together with Dunia Film in Damascus we make copies available or connect you to the distributor for your territory.
Mohamad Malas’ Œuvre, short and feature length, documentary and fiction, forms a deep chronicle of Syria in the 20th and early 21st century. We are happy to help organizing retrospectives of Mohamad Malas’ work. Please see the catalogue here
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5. SOLOMON’S STONE at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

Ramzi Maqdisi’s bitter-comic short film SOLOMON’S STONE will be part of a program dedicated to Palestinian cinema at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris between February 17th and 20th.

Content
Hussein, a Palestinian young man, receives a letter from the Israeli post office to appear in person to receive a package. He has to pay the sum of 20.000 $ US dollars in order to collect that package. Hussein’s curiosity to find out what the package contains drives him to sell everything he owns, despite the outright rejection of his mother, the matter that changes their lives afterwards.
The story is adapted by the novel Blue Light by Hussein Barghouty.
Palestine/Spain 2015, 25 min, color, Arabic with English or French subtitles
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6. Refugee cinema in Hamburg

Ciné-clubs in Germany increasingly organize refugee cinema, usually in cooperation with refugee self-organizations. Films in Arabic language with German subtitles are presented and mutually discussed, a relative novelty, as the alternative cinemas in the country had a rather German audience so far. Last month ciné-club Kiel showed Rana’s Wedding by Hany Abu Assad. In February B-Movie Hamburg programmed Rana’s Wedding and Simon El Habre’s The One Man Village from the mec film catalogue.
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7. mec film at Berlinale

Irit Neidhardt of mec film will attend Berlinale during the entire festival period. She will be an interviewee for the rbb Inforadio show about working in cinema with the Arab World, a partner at a networking session of the Arab Cinema Center in the film market, an expert at a networking breakfast at the Berlinale Talents and a panelist at the Network of Arab Arthouse Screens.

We hope to meet you at the public screenings of IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN (screening dates and locations see above).
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