Directed by Ubaydah Abu-Usayd and Waheed Khan France / 2019 / 103 mins / In French with subtitles Starring: Soraya Hachoumi, Sonya Mellah, Islem Sehili
This is the first film to examine the impact of the state of emergency imposed in France following the November 2015 attacks in Paris. After fourteen years of employment, Soumaya learned overnight that she had been dismissed and discovered the reasons for her dismissal on television that same evening. She then decides to exercise a very particular right of reply.
From a Middle East Eye Review: Based on a true story, the narrative unfolds as a series of portraits, both archetypal and realist: the worried mother urging her daughter not to make waves; the luggage handler who has rediscovered his faith through his wife who has converted to Islam; the lawyer of immigrant descent, torn between his desire to fully integrate into French society and the injustices he sees all around him; and the imam whose mosque is searched on the basis of slender evidence. As such, Soumaya is an unprecedented look at the state of emergency in France from the viewpoint of the victims, whose experience often goes unacknowledged.
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Love Type D
Directed by Sasha Collington UK / 2019 / 95 mins Starring: Maeve Dermody, Rory Stroud, Tovah Feldshuh, Oliver Farnworth, Natacha Basset, Lucy Bayler, and Tim Berrington
A woman who has been dumped eleven times in a row, discovers to her dismay that she has a loser in love gene.
Being unlucky in love isn’t just a character description, its in the genes, according to Collington’s film and as ridiculous as it sounds, the science of the film does begin to sound credible, especially when Frankie gets her co workers who also have the gene involved with a plan of action to reverse their bad luck. Having been unceremoniously broken up with Frankie seeks the advice, knowledge then friendship of her ex-boyfriend’s 11 year old brother who is not only scientifically minded but is the one who tells her about the loser in love gene. At first its amusing that Frankie colludes with the boy but by the end of the film, it was really about an unlikely friendship, while still being about romance and finding the comedy in wanting to re-date ex-boyfriend just so you can have the satisfaction of breaking up with them (EIFF Review)
Sasha Collington is an alumna of the Binger Writers Lab and the Berlinale Talent Campus. She has an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She won a Skillset Bursary, a Postgraduate Bursary from SW Screen and a John Brabourne Award to attend the MA, during which time she wrote and directed six short films.
Closing Night Party and Awards
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