11 short films to battle for Palme d’Or prize

11 short films will be screened for the Palme d’Or prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which is scheduled to hold between May 16 and 27 in France.

Selected from 4,288 entries, the 11 shorts were picked from 12 countries— Argentina, Colombia, Spain, the United States of America, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

The Short Film Palme d’Or prize will be handed down by a jury chaired by a Hungarian film director, Ildikó Enyedi, on May 27, during the closing ceremony of the film festival, which is in its 76th year.

The short films which made the final cut are ‘La Perra’, aka The Bitch by

Carla Gampert from Colombia and France; ‘As it Was’ by Anastasia Solonevych and Damian Kocur from Poland and Ukraine respectively; ‘Tits’ by Eivind Landsvik from Norway; ‘27’ by Flóra Anna Buda from Hungary and France; ‘Le Sexe De Ma Mère’ by Francis Canitrot of France; ‘Aunque Es De Noche’ by Guillermo García López from Spain and France; ‘Basri and Salma in a Never-Ending Comedy’ by Khozy Rizal of Indonesia; ‘Poof’ by Margaret Miller of USA; ‘Nada De Todo Esto’, aka None Of These by Patricio Martínez and Francisco Canton from Argentina and Spain respectively; ‘Wild Summon’ by Karni Arieli and Saul Freed from the United Kingdom; ‘Fár’, aka Intrusion by Gunnur Schlüter of Iceland.

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This is even as La Cinef selected 14 short fictions and 2 animated short films from 2,000 films submitted by film schools from across the world, for its 26th edition.

Of the films which were picked, 10 were directed by women, 7 were made by men. 13 countries from four continents are represented, including Morocco, for the first time.

The festival’s jury will give out three La Cinef awards, during a ceremony that will be followed by the screening of the awarded films at the Buñuel Theatre in Cannes, France.

The shortlisted works are ‘Daroone Poust’ by Shafagh Abosaba and Maryam Mahdiye from Iran; ‘Killing Boris Johnson’ by Musa Alderson-Clarke from the United Kingdom; ‘Nehemich’ by Yudhajit Basu of India; ‘Imogene’ by Katie Blair of USA; ‘Al Toraa’ by Jad Chahine of Egypt; ‘A Bright Sunny Day’ by Yupeng He from USA; ‘Hole’ by Hwang Hyein of South Korea; ‘La Voix Des Autres’ by Fatima Kaci from France; ‘Electra’ by Daria Kashcheeva from Czech Republic; ‘Trenc D’Alba’ by Anna Llargués from Spain; (*11*) by Marlene Lyngstad of Denmark; ‘Osmý Den’ by Petr Pylypčuk of Czech Republic; ‘The Lee Families’ by Seo Jeong-mi from South Korea; ‘Solos’ by Pedro Vargas from Brazil; ‘Ayyur’ by Zineb Wakrim from Morocco; Uhrmenschen by Yu Hao of Germany.

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