Actu 13 NOV 2020

Fadma and A Way Home in international competition at Festival dei Popoli

The Festival dei popoli begins tomorrow and Fadma: Even Ants Have Wings by Jawad Rhalib and A Way Home by Karima Saïdi are in the international competition. Back to 2069 by Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky and Asylum by Victor Ridley are in the programme as well.

Due to the global pandemic, Festival dei popoli goes online for its 61st edition. Films will be available on Mymovies.it from the 15th to the 22nd of November.

In the international competition, there is Fadma: Even Ants Have Wings by Jawad Rhalib, produced by R&R Productions, with the help of Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

"In a little village where, like so many others, time seems to have stopped. It’s summertime, field work is scarce. So, the men are either seated in cafes or taking a nap while the women, cans in hand, children on their back, take a long walk to the source. An age-old order and an immutable division of labor... until the arrival of Fadma."
Fadma: Even Ants Have Wings

A Way Home by Karima Saïdi is also n the international competition. The film is produced by Déries, with the help of Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

"After years of separation, the filmmaker renews her relationship with her mother, Aïcha, now suffering from Alzheimer’s. From Brussels to Tangiers, the odyssey of a family marked by exile is evoked through discretion and confession, pain, separation, grief, and joy."
A Way Home

In the Doc explorer section, there is Back tot 2069 by Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, produced by Michigan Films.

"Somewhere in the Aegean Sea lies an eroded island where a Homerian myth collides with the spirit of our virtualized times: Lemnos. There, a solitary man shapeshifts from argonaut to avatar experiencing different states of embodiment and disembodiment. Although he exiled himself from Athens to escape the crisis, past and future scenarios of conflict are gradually catching up on him. What appears to be a predictive fictional Odyssey is made of documentary footage that interweaves the drifter’s venture on the island with recorded Altis video-game sessions from Youtube."
Back to 2069

In the Popoli for Kids section, There is Asylum by Victor Ridley, produced by Iota Production, with the help of Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

"Several thousands of unaccompanied foreign minors arrive in Belgium each year. Most of them apply for asylum, like Sahil, a 15-year-old Afghan boy. Having spent a year being moved from one centre to another, Sahil is taken in by a foster family.This new environment brings the hope of a more stable life as he waits for the verdict of the foreign office."
Asylum

There are also a couple co-productions from Wallonia-Brussels in the international competition: Downstream to Kinshasa, co-produced by Neon Rouge Productions and Moth, co-produced by Kokoro Films.