Four DFI promoted films to launch at 2013 Toronto

September 3, 2013 2:07 pm

Four DFI promoted films to launch at 2013 Toronto

Doha 03rd September 2013 : Four films funded by Doha Film Institute (DFI) are set to appear in the 37th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a leading film festival in the international level.

The films include Mohamed Malas’s Ladder to Damascus, Jasmila Žbanic’s For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, Néjib Belkadhi’s Bastardo and Mais Darwazah’s My Love Awaits Me by the Sea.

DFI chief executive officer Abdulaziz al-Khater said the presence of the films those DFI has chosen to support at TIFF underscores Qatar’s role in promoting creative talent from around the world. He also said that it will support new generation of Middle Eastern filmmakers.

“It’s really very promising to see these films have their world premiere screenings at such a prestigious platform as TIFF. These films are a testament to DFI’s success in nurturing and promoting emerging and established cinematic talent,” said director of film financing at DFI, Paul Miller.


Ladder to Damascus, which will screen in TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema section, holds the interests of ordinary Syrian people. For Those Who Can Tell No Tales which will screen in the Special Presentation section is about an Australian tourist who discovers the silent legacy of wartime atrocities when she reaches in an apparently peaceful town which is at the border with Serbia. Néjib Belkadhi’s Bastardo will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema section and Mais Darwazah’s My Love Awaits Me by the Sea will screen in the Discovery sections.

The Toronto International Film Festival is a charitable cultural organization which brings filmmakers and film fans together to celebrate varying and growing landscape of world cinema.

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