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Locarno’s Open Doors Lab Selects 12 Projects for 2015

Locarno's Open Doors Lab Selects 12 Projects for 2015

Filmmakers from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya have been selected for Open Doors, the annual showcase of cinema from countries with vulnerable independent film communities. The lab runs for the 13th year as part of the Locarno Film Festival

The program runs from August 8-11, during which workshops relating to current issues in independent film production and distribution will be organized for participants. The section also offers the Festival’s audience an opportunity to see a selection of films representative of the cinemas of the countries involved. After the four days of Open Doors, a series of cash prizes will be disbursed.

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The 12 projects selected are:

“Aller simple,” directed by Nadia Raïs (Tunisia)
“Dieu reconnaîtra les siens,” directed by Hassan Legzouli (Morocco)
“En attendant les hirondelles,” directed by Karim Moussaoui (Algeria)
“Inhebek Hedi,” directed by Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia)
“L’Amour des hommes,” directed by Mehdi Ben Attia (Tunisia/France)
“Le Fort des fous,” directed by Narimane Mari (Algeria)
“Le Sacrifié,” directed by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène (Algeria)
“Pagan Magic,” directed by Fyzal Boulifa (Morocco/France)
“Retina,” directed by Nejib Belkadhi (Tunisia)
“Ruqya,” directed by Yanis Koussim (Algeria/France)
“Saint inconnu,” directed by Alaa Eddine Aljem (Morocco)
“The Colonel’s Stray Dogs,” directed by Khalid Shamis (Libya/South Africa)

The Open Doors Screening schedule will be announced on July 15, along with the entire Locarno Film Festival program.

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