A slate of Arab films is set to feature at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 14-25, 2019 at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France. This will include some popular titles from the region including Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman’s It Must Be Heaven film, which is competing in the Official Selection. Suleiman previously won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2002 for his film Divine Intervention.
Two regional titles including Papicha by Algerian filmmaker Mounia Meddour and Moroccan film Adam by Maryam Touzani will compete in the Un Certain Regard category.
In this year’s Special Screenings, Waad Al Kateab and Edward Watts’s film For Sama will also be screened.
In the Official Selection of short films category, Palestinian feature Ambience by Wisam Al Jafari is the only regional title to be included in Cinefondation.
This year, Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, whose film Capernaum won the Jury Prize last year at Cannes, has been named President of the Un Certain Regard Jury.