Dir: Elite Zexer
A tale of women stranded between modernization and anachronistic patriarchy, told through the story of a teenaged girl trapped between her desire to control her destiny and the constraints of her traditional family. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Things to Come
Dir: Mia Hansen-Løve
Mia Hansen-Løve directs an intelligent and moving account of a philosophy teacher spiralling through a series of personal crises. Isabelle Huppert got handful of mentions for her note perfect portrayal of the deteriorating teacher.
Barakah Meets Barakah
Dir: Mahmoud Sabbagh
Touted as the first Saudi Arabian romcom, it opens with a card that reads “The pixelisation you see in this film is totally normal. It is not a commentary on censorship.” It ventures into the much done middle class guy-wealthy girl love story but set in a country that frowns upon it.
Dir: Cristi Puiu
Forty days after the death of his father, Lary, a doctor in his forties, decides to spend the Saturday at a family gathering to commemorate the deceased. But the occasion does not go according to expectations. It was selected to compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Dir: Mohamed Diab
Set just after the political events of June 2013, the film is shot entirely in the confines of a police van. The Hollywood Reporter said “the film will be remembered as one of the most telling depictions of modern Egypt yet filmed”. It opened the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival 2016.