email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest

FESTIVALS Belgium

13th Cinémamed unveils programme

- The 13th Cinémamed will take place in Brussels from December 5-12. This year’s edition will be marked by a rich selection of guests and some special celebrations

13th Cinémamed unveils programme

The 13th edition of Cinémamed, the festival of Mediterranean cinema, will take place in Brussels from December 5-12. Cineuropa is a partner of the event and holds a parallel competition with a prize of €5,000.

8 films coming from different Mediterranean countries have been selected for the official competition: Gare du Nord [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by French director Claire Simon, who had already been selected for the Francophone Film Festival of Namur, Circles [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nikola Rakocevic
interview: Srdan Golubovic
film profile
]
by Serbian director Srdan Golubovic, Viva la Libertà [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Roberto Andò
film profile
]
by the Italian Roberto Andò, Salvation Army [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Abdellah Taïa - a coproduction between Morocco, France and Switzerland, Halima’s Path [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Croatian director Arsen Anton Ostoijc and Lifelong [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Turkish director Asli Özge –also selected for the Berlinale. The Israeli Rock the Casbah [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and the Palestinian When I saw You, will also compete for the 3 prizes at stake: the Grand Prix, the special jury prize and the Cineuropa prize.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

14 films have been chosen for the Panorama section, a window on the current production of Mediterranean countries. Besides, cinemas in Brussels will again screen some of the best Mediterranean films of this year.

2013 being the 50th anniversary of Turkish and Moroccan immigration in Belgium, this year’s edition will focus on the productions of these two countries and try to understand their impact on Belgian culture. “These migrations have considerably changed the face of our country and region: on the demographic, socio-economic and cultural front” said Rachid Mandrane, minister of Culture for the Belgian French Community Commission (COCOF).

December 7 will be entirely dedicated to the issue with fiction features, documentaries and round tables to bear witness to the last fifty years of migration in Belgium. Besides, a specific section, called “Cinéma et Migration” – including documentary and fiction features, has been created for migration stories in order to commemorate the special event. Some documentaries of the section MeDOC will also focus on the issues, notably Les émigrés Nord-Africains de Belgique by Belgian directors Benoit Lamy and Francis Monheim.

The festival seems to take place in a period full of celebration, as the 75th anniversary of the Belgian Cinematek will also fall in those days. Therefore a carte blanche and a meeting with the Belgian director of Turkish origin Taylan Barman are planned.

Short films, animation, concerts and a Mediterranean market will also be on the menu in order to involve as many people as possible.

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.