International Jury Prize: "143 Sahara Street"
30 August
Verde Stop Arena
Abbas Fahdel
Abbas Fahdel is an Iraqi-French film director, born in Babylon, Iraq. He studied cinema in France at the Sorbonne University. Some of his most important films are "Back to Babylon" (shot in Iraq in 2002), "We Iraqis" (2003) and the war-drama "Dawn of the world" (2008). In 2015, his monumental documentary, "Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)", was awarded at some of the most important film festivals in the world.

Ana Lungu
Ana Lungu was born in 1978 in Bucharest, Romania. She studied Psychology and Film Directing. In 2010, together with Ana Szel, she directed "The Belly of the Whale", selected in Locarno's Filmmakers of the Present Competition. Her debut feature "Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter" premiered at the Rotterdam IFF in 2015 and was selected in various international film festivals such as: Sao Paulo IFF,  Cineast Luxembourg, Entrevues Belfort, New Films New Directors, Transilvania IFF. "Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter" won Best Fiction Film at Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz and Best Director at the Bucharest IFF. Her second feature, "One and a Half Prince", premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival - Competition Programme, 2018. Recently, Ana joined the European Film Academy.
Claire Simon
Born in London, Claire Simon discovered the practice of direct cinema with the Ateliers Varan and made several documentaries such as ”Coûte que coûte” (1995) and ”Récréations” (1998). She wrote and directed three feature fiction films which were presented in the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes: ”Sinon oui” (1997), ”Ça brûle” (2005), ”Les Bureaux de dieu” (2008).

Ivana Mladenovic
Ivana MLADENOVIC (1984, Serbia) studied Law in Belgrade and then moved to Romania where she studied film directing at the National School of Film and Theatre (UNATC) in Bucharest, receiving both her BA and MA. Her short student films were shown and awarded at various film festivals around the world. In 2012, Mladenovic' first feature-length documentary Turn Off the Lights premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary and Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary. In 2016 she made her debut as an actress in Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts. Soldier. Story fromFerentari(2017) was her first fiction feature. In August 2019, her new film, „Ivana the Terrible”,won the Special Jury Prize of Cineasti del presenti section of Locarno International Film Festival.
Mariana Otero
Mariana Otero was born in Rennes, France in 1963. Between 1995 and 2002 she lived in Portugal, where she made the controversial ”Cette télévision est la vôtre” (1997). Her movies have been presented at prestigious film festivals around the world. Otero is a teacher at Ateliers Varan and at La Femis, and a member of Acid (Association for Independent Cinema and its Diffusion).

Filmographie Sélective:

Histoire d’un secret (2003)
Entre nos mains (2010)
A ciel ouvert (2013)
Title: 143 rue du désert
Director: Hassen Ferhani
Duration: 1h 40
Country: Algeria, Franța, Qatar
Year: 2019

In the sandy heart of the Sahara, there lies an unlikely oasis of light: the shop-café of a solitary woman, who lives her life surrounded by the expanse of the desert and a few domestic animals. But her existence is anything but empty: every day, travelers stop by in the modest, scantily furnished concrete shelter for a coffee, an omelette, or simply for the sake of pleasant confirmation. The woman’s cheerful and sometimes contradictory spirit is the mark of her charm, her magnetism that attracts both foreigners, and familiar guests, to whom she is equally friendly, even though she can sense lies and she doesn’t let anyone off the hook, maintaining her merciless critical lucidity. Hassen Ferhani’s camera is never intrusive and keeps a certain distance from the characters, allowing them space that is ideal for conversation and playfulness. In fact, this whimsicality sometimes reveals itself in unexpected forms, in the tender gestures towards the cat or in such scenes as the one with the prison game with one of the visitors, using the same minimalist space, a wall and a barred window. Malika is an example of stone-hard femininity, without making her any less gentle. (by Andreea Chiper)

Festivals and awards:

Locarno International Film Festival 2019 - Best Emerging Director 
RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival 2019 - Special Jury Mention
Torino Film Festival 2019 - Best International Documentary Film

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The festival was created in 2008 by the: Czech Center Bucharest

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