Magazine article Screen International

Venice 2016: Critics' Week

Magazine article Screen International

Venice 2016: Critics' Week

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ARE WE NOT CATS (US)

DIR XANDER ROBIN

A man with a propensity for devouring hair meets a like-minded woman on the day he loses his job, apartment and girlfriend. Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea Lopez and Michael Godere star in Critics' Week's closing night selection. Shorts film-maker Robin makes his feature debut, while the producers are Theo Brooks and Joshua Sobel of Scherzo Diabolico fame.

Contact: Tri Coast Worldwide, marty@TriCoast.com

DRUM (FR-IRAN)

DIR KEYWAN KARIMI

Iranian director Karimi attracted the ire of the authorities with his political graffiti documentary Writing On The City and was subsequently sentenced to jail and 223 lashes. He has continued to film and makes his feature debut with Drum, which is produced by Les Films De l'Apres-Midi and adapted from the book by Ali-Morad Fadaei-Nia. Shot in black and white, the film focuses on a Tehran lawyer who receives a life-changing package.

Contact: Les Films De l'Apres-Midi, f.artemare@films-am.com

FOUR DAYS IN FRANCE (FR)

DIR JÉROME REYBAUD

Aside from a passing reference in Trainwreck, gay-men-oriented dating app Grindr has had a low cinematic profile. French director Reybaud, making his feature debut after his documentary homage to cult film-maker Paul Vecchiali, Qui Etes-vous Paul Vecchiali (2012), embeds the app at the heart of this quest movie about a man using Grindr to search for his lover. The film is produced by Chaz Productions, which scored an indie hit with Catherine Corsini's Summertime in 2015.

Contact: M-Appeal, berlinoffice@m-appeal.com

THE LAST OF US (TUN-QAT-UAE-LEB)

DIR ALA EDDINE SLIM

Tunisian documentary maker and video artist Slim makes his narrative feature debut with this tale of an immigrant's voyage towards Europe, using an experimental style to tell a philosophical fable on being lost. The central character decides to cross the sea from Tunisia to Europe but goes on a voyage of self-discovery when the ship's motor breaks down. Slim explored the refugee crisis in documentary feature Babylon, which he co-directed with Ismael and Youssef Chebbi in 2012.

Contact: Still Moving, info@stillmoving.fr

THE NOBODIES (COL)

DIR JUAN SEBASTIAN MESA

Set among the punk and street-juggling subculture of Medellin, this young Colombian film-maker's debut screens here after opening the Cartagena film festival in March. …

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