The Venice International Film Festival unveiled a starry lineup of world premiers for September, including three films from the Arab World.
‘Amira‘ by Mohammed diab is set to play in the Horizons section and is a coming – of – age drama shot in Jordan, but set in Palestine.
‘Costa Brava’ is Lebanese director Mounia Akl’s debut work and pairs Palestinian actor Sale Bakri with Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki.
Finally, ‘Republic of Silence’ by Diana El – Jeiroudi is a personal account of the director’s childhood in Syrian, 40 years on, her exile in Berlin.
The films will premiere alongside international titles, including Pablo Larrain’s ‘Spencer’, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, and Ridely Scott’s medieval drama ‘The Last Duel’, featuring Matt Damon, Ben Aflleck and Adam Driver.
The oldest film festival in the world is kicking off its 78th edition Sept. 1 on the Libo with the premiere of Pedro Almodavar’s ‘Madres paralelas’, starring Penelope Cruz. ‘Spencer‘ and ‘Madres paralelas‘ are among 21 features premiering as part of the official competition, which has often helped guideeventual Oscar best picture nominees and even winners.