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CINÉMAMED 2019

The wind of freedom blows over the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival

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- The 19th edition of the gathering will unspool from 29 November-7 December, with no fewer than 60 films on the menu

The wind of freedom blows over the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival
Adam by Maryam Touzani

The 19th Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival - Cinémamed is set to take place from 29 November-7 December. It will offer more than 60 recent cinematic productions hailing from the Mediterranean Basin, highlighting the rich diversity of the countries located there, thanks to some truly moving stories.

This year, Cinémamed has chosen as its underlying theme the quest for freedom – the freedom of thought and expression, and the freedom to love, to breathe and to live. The line-up will favour stories of a life spent battling oppression and obscurantism. Of particular note are a number of female struggles that audiences will see in the Official Competition selection, and which lie at the heart of films such as Adam [+see also:
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by newly turned Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, and the closing film, Arab Blues [+see also:
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interview: Manele Labidi
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by Manele Labidi, starring Iranian thesp Golshifteh Farahani.

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Besides Touzani’s film, seven other titles will take part in the Official Competition, including the Slovenian film Don’t Forget to Breathe [+see also:
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by Martin Turk, which was presented in the Alice nella città section of the Rome Film Fest a few days ago; The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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by Marco Bellocchio, presented in competition at Cannes; the Serbian flick Stitches [+see also:
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interview: Miroslav Terzić
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by Miroslav Terzic, which won the Europa Cinemas Label in the Panorama section of the Berlinale; and the French film The End of Love [+see also:
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by Keren Ben Rafael, which was first unveiled at Venice, in the Biennale College Cinema section. The European co-productions A Tale of Three Sisters [+see also:
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interview: Emin Alper
interview: Emin Alper
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by Turkey’s Emin Alper (premiered in competition at the Berlinale), Abou Leila [+see also:
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by Algeria’s Amin Sidi-Boumédiène (unveiled in the Cannes Critics’ Week) and A Son [+see also:
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interview: Mehdi M Barsaoui and Sami B…
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by Tunisia’s Mehdi M Barsaoui (presented in the Orizzonti section of Venice) round out the section.

The Panorama strand will showcase 15 movies, including 5 Is the Perfect Number [+see also:
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interview: Igort
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, Igort’s adaptation of his own comic book, starring Toni Servillo and Valeria Golino. Representing Spain are the animated documentary Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles [+see also:
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interview: GoCritic! Interview: José L…
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by Salvador Simó and Fire Will Come [+see also:
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interview: Óliver Laxe
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by Oliver Laxe, which won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes. Plus, the new outing by Robert Guédiguian, Gloria Mundi [+see also:
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interview: Robert Guédiguian
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, which was selected at this year’s Venice Film Festival, will get an airing in Brussels.

Lastly, it is worth noting that the festival will be training its spotlight on Italy, particularly with its opening film, Piranhas [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Saviano
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by Claudio Giovannesi, the winner of the Silver Bear for Best Script at Berlin.

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(Translated from French)

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