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Saudi cinema strongly present at Carthage

Tunisian film director Ridha Behi and Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hind Sabri, heroine of the new Tunisian film “Flowers of Aleppo,” arrive for the opening ceremony of the 50th “Journées Cinematographique de Carthage” film festival on Friday in Tunis. (AFP)
TUNIS: The 27th edition of Carthage Film Festival opened on Friday with the screening of ‘Fleur d’Alep’ (The Flower of Aleppo) by Tunisian director Ridha Behi in Tunis.
There are 68 films in competition in various sections until Nov. 5, with screenings and other events in various locations across the country. The program has been put together by film director Mohamed Challouf, who has been tasked with restoring the festival to its original splendour in honor of its 50th anniversary this year.
A total of 18 films will participate in the feature film competition (Gold Tanit Award), which this year is headed by Mauritanian filmmaker and producer Abderrahmane Sissako. The jury comprises six other members among them Egyptian director Khaled Youssef.
As for the short film competition, it comprises 19 films, including Saudi film ‘Retribution’ by Abdullah Abuljadail.
In addition, a total of 13 films are competing in the first feature film category, among them the prize-winning Saudi romcom ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ by Mahmoud Sabbagh.

Novelties include numerous parallel sections, homages to directors of the past, an overview of prizewinning films from previous editions and a special focus on Russian and Asian cinema. A special prize will be awarded to Tunisian director Ferid Boughdir for his passion for cinema and commitment to the Carthage Film Festival.