The Arab Films Heading to Cannes Film Festival

Three of them caught our attention.

To be considered a classic takes a lot in cinema, and the French Cannes Film Festival is definitely a distinguished point of references to assess the good quality of any given film. 

Set to take place next month after a year-long hiatus (due to obvious reasons), the race for the much-coveted Palme d’Or has just kicked off as the official selection for this year’s edition was released just last week. And it’s time to see which regional movies managed to make the cut. 

Running from July 5th to 17th, this year’s jury is headed by the notorious Spike Lee.  But the spotlight is being shared with Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania, who was recently appointment as member of the short-film jury. The filmmaker will not be the only one representing the region, as Egyptian director Sameh Alaa will also be joining the committee of the 74th edition of the world’s leading film event. 

This year’s official selection is not short of Arab films. The festival will feature French-Tunisian Hafsa Herzi’s Bonne Mere, French-Moroccan Casablanca Beats directed by the now-considered controversial Nabil Ayouch as well as A Hero produced by the critically acclaimed Asghar Farhadi.


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Despite plot details are still being kept under wraps as of right now, we’re still pretty excited . Reminiscing on the poignant and strong impact Al-Kateab’s For Sama had at the festival two years ago, we hope this very maghrebi-centered selection will share the same fate.  


Main image: Still from Nabil Ayouch’s Casablanca Beats (2021)

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