Jordan, Morocco pics to screen at San Seb sidebar

'House For Sale,' 'Sur la Planche' among movies

MADRID -- Four projects from Iraq, Jordan and Morocco will screen in the Cinema in Motion sidebar at the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival, which showcases nearly finished films from Maghreb and awards post-production financing.

Atia Al-Daradji and Mohamed Al-Daradji present "House For Sale," an Iraqi-U.K. production, focused on orphans in Iraq, Moroccan Leila Kilani will screen her "Sur la Planche" centering on two twentysomething girls that work in the shrimp packaging sector in Tangiers and Jordanian Mahmoud al Massad's "This is my Picture When I was Dead" depicts the infighting and deterioration of the Palestinian political situation.

Iraqi Jano Rosebiani's "Chaplin of the Mountains," tells of a French-Kurdish woman who meets two NYU film students and a Kurdish women's activist on a quest to find a destroyed Iraqi village.

This year's crop includes three alumni from the previous editions.

Both al Massad and the Kilani participated in the third edition of Cinema in Motion with their respective projects, "Recycle" and "Nos lieux interdits," with the Jordanian winning the event. Al-Daradji, co-director of "House For Sale," completed his previous film, "Son of Babylon" based on the footage of "In The Sands of Babylon" winner of Cinema in Motion 5.

With this work, Al-Daradji participated at Sundance Festival (World Cinema Dramatic Competition), in addition to landing the Amnesty International Film Prize and the Peace Film Award at the Panorama Section of the Berlinale.

Backed by a wide-range of professional entities, the top film wins post-production financing until receiving a 35mm English subtitled print. New this year is an additional 5,000 euros in post-production aid from the Dubai International Film Festival.
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