Two Israeli co-productions feature in the 2016 Sundance selection
by Jesús Silva
- Sand Storm by Elite Zexer will be screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, while The Settlers by Shimon Dotan is included in the World Cinema Documentary section
Yesterday, the Sundance Institute announced its programme for the upcoming 2016 Sundance Film Festival (read more), which includes two Israeli co-productions across the international sections in competition.
The winner of the top prize in the Locarno Film Festival’s First Look on Israel, Sand Storm [+see also:
film profile] by Elite Zexer, will be screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition for fiction features at the US gathering next year. Zexer's movie is a 2-Team Productions project, with French minority co-production, set in a Bedouin village in northern Israel, where two women struggle between their commitment to a patriarchal society and their need to be true to themselves.
As for the World Cinema Documentary section, which includes non-fiction features from around the globe, we also find an important Israeli representative in the guise of Shimon Dotan’s The Settlers [+see also:
film profile] - important in terms of both its financial backing and its central theme. Produced by Dotan and Estelle Fialon, in co-production with Yes.docu (Israel), ARTE (France), NDR (Germany), HR, BR and Radio Canada, the film offers a comprehensive overview of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
It is also fair to mention that one of Dotan’s previous films, Hot House, which explored the situation of Palestinian prisoners serving their sentences in Israeli prisons, was the winner of the Special Jury Prize for Best World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
The 2016 Sundance Film Festival will take place from 21-31 January in Salt Lake City, Utah.