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East of Noon and 7 Fund supported minority co-productions selected for Cannes

East of Noon is written and directed by Hala Elkoussy and produced by seriousFilm, in collaboration with vriza productions and the Egyption Nu'ta Films. The project received funding from the Dutch Film Fund, the Mondriaan Fund and the Film Production Incentive.

The film takes place within a dystopian enclave, in which 19 year old ABDO uses music to rebel against the older leaders. East of Noon is Hala Elkoussy's second feature film, following her debut Cactus Flower (2017), which was shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

East of Noon was selected for the Directors' Fortnight programme, that takes place parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. The minority co-production To a Land Unknown from director Mahdi Fleifel, co-produced by Studio Ruba, will also be shown during this programme.

Six other Fund supported minority co-productions with a Dutch share will be shown in Cannes, among them When the Light Breaks (directed by the Icelandic filmmaker Rúnar Rúnarsson), that will open the Un Certain Regard-programme.

The following Fund supported minority co-productions will travel to Cannes:

All We Imagine as Light (Cannes Official Selection - Competition)
Director: Payal Kapadia (IN)
Dutch co-producer: BALDR Film

Armand (Cannes Official Selection - Un Certain Regard)
Director: Halfdan Ullman Tøndel (NO)
Dutch co-producer: Kepler Film

Viet and Nam (Cannes Official Selection - Un Certain Regard)
Director: Truong Minh Quý (VN)
Dutch co-producer: An Original Picture

Everybody Loves Touda (Cannes Official Selection - Cannes Première)
Director: Nabil Ayouch (FR)
Dutch co-producer: Viking Film

Baby (Semaine de la Critique)
Director: Marcelo Caetano (BR)
Dutch co-producer: Circe Films

Image: East of Noon
Source: SEE-NL