By Arab Filmmakers: Films To Have On Your Radar For Cannes Film Festival’s 76th Edition

The 76th edition of the historic and iconic Cannes Film Festival is set to kickstart tomorrow, May 16 until May 27. From fashion to the films premiering at the festival, the 11-day festival is celebrating various Arab filmmakers.


Starting with Karim Aïnouz’s Firebrand, the Brazillian-Algerian filmmaker is taking to Cannes a historical drama like no other. With Firebrand he aims to tell the story of Catherine Parr’s attempts to navigate English politics when she becomes King Henry VIII’s sixth wife. The film is based on the novel, Queen’s Gambit which was also told in the form of a show on Netflix. The film stars big names like Jude Law and Alicia Vikander.


Goodbye Julia

Sudan’s debut film for the Un Certain Regard section at the festival is marked by Sudanese filmmaker, Mohamed Kordofani who is premiering his feature film, Goodbye Julia. Goodbye Julia follows the story of two women who represent the complicated relationship and differences between northern and southern Sudanese communities and the events that take place in Khartoum pre its 2011 separation.

Four Daughters

Representing Tunis is the documentary, Four Daughters. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Kaouther Ben Hania, following The Man Who Sold His Skin, she returns with a heartwrenching documentary. Hania takes on a journey of a mother as she retells the story of two of her four daughters that went missing. The documentary features big names like actress Hend Sabry as the mother.

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Directed by Moroccan filmmaker, Kamal Lazraq, the feature film, Hounds follows the journey of a father and son in the suburbs of Casablanca as they go on petty crimes for a local mob. The plot truly kicks into full gear once a kidnapping goes wrong.

The Mother Of All Lies

The Mother of All Lies is directed by Moroccan filmmaker, Asmae El Moudir. The documentary follows a filmmaker’s search for truth in her family’s web of lies with the 1981 Bread Riots as a backdrop for the story.

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Let us know which film you’re looking forward the most to.

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