Cannes: Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films Unveils Gaza Dramedy

'Catch the Moon' is being launched at the Marche du Film, with Le Pacte handling international sales.

Sixteen Films, the production company co-founded by Cannes regular Ken Loach, is partnering with French banner Le Pacte, Germany’s Pandora Film and Egyptian production house Film Clinic on an upcoming Gaza-set dramatic comedy.

Catch the Moon, announced Wednesday, is based on an original screenplay by Anne Koski-Wood, and will be directed by Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi and produced by Sixteen’s Rebecca O’Brien. The five-week shoot is set to take place in Jordan and Palestine this autumn.

“I'm thrilled to be working with such a distinguished group of co-producers on this delightful project," said O’Brien. "Our regular French distributor, Jean Labadie at Le Pacte, was immediately taken with the script and has supported us closely in our search for the right partner for this project."

The story sees a young Gazan man seek to raise a wedding dowry in order to marry his sweetheart. But when his father, in a sudden burst of pride, promises a new Mercedes, the stress of tracking down such a vehicle under the strain of the Israeli blockade puts their relationship to the test.

Le Pacte is handling international sales of Catch the Moon and will be launching the project at the Marche du Film.