Cannes: 'Homeland' Added to Official Selection of Festival

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The comedy with French star Jamel Debbouze will be shown to students in a special screening.

CANNES – In a last-minute addition to the Cannes film festival, Homeland by first-time filmmaker Mohamed Hamidi has been added to the official selection as an out-of-competition special screening, organizers announced on Tuesday.

As part of the festival’s ongoing efforts to include the local community, the screening of the French comedy will only be open to high school students from the Provence-Alpes, Cote d’Azur region. Director Hamidi and star Jamel Debbouze will attend. 

Debbouze, best known in the U.S. for his role as the abused grocer’s assistant in Amelie, is a mega-star in France, often topping polls as the country’s favorite entertainment personality. He also hosted this year’s Cesar awards, France’s version of the Oscars. 

Co-produced by BBDA Quad Productions, the team behind 2011’s smash hit The Intouchables, Homeland tells the story of a French-Algerian law student, played by Tewfik Jallab, who travels to Algeria for the first time only to have his identity stolen by his cousin (Debbouze). He ends up having to decide where his loyalties lie. The film opens in France on June 19. 

The special screening will take place on the afternoon of May 21 at the Sixtieth Anniversary Theatre. A press screening will take place in the morning.  Wild Bunch is handling international sales for the film.