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DFI-Granted Cotton Queen Wins At Cannes' L'atelier

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Joelyn Baluyut | The Peninsula

Doha Film Institute (DFI) granted movie Cotton Queen by Sudanese filmmaker Suzannah Mirghani bagged the ArteKino Award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival's L'Atelier.

In an Instagram story posted by DFI, Mirghani said:“This is my very first feature, thank you for taking a risk on me, thank you for taking a risk on Sudan. We do not have many films from Sudan as you know, you can count them on two hands in the history of Sudanese film, and fiction feature films – you can count them on two hands, and those made by women, zero. Thank you for supporting us.”

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Cotton Queen is a story of a 15 year old Nafisha who lives in a cotton-farming village in Sudan. She lives a simple life, picking cotton with her friends, crushing on a village boy, and learning from her grandmother Al Sit, the respected village matriarch. 

The arrival of Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman from abroad, threatens to change their way of life. Nafisa's parents are excited to arrange her marriage to Nadir, but Al Sit has other plans.

Because no one has asked Nafisa's opinion about her own future, the teenager decides to take things into her own hands.

The ArteKino International Prize is a development aid for feature film projects awarded at numerous international festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Rome, Sarajevo and Busan.

The film is among three films supported by DFI which has been selected to the Cannes' Cinéfondation Atelier, the other two are Hamlet from the Slums, and Al Baseer – The Blind Ferryman. These films have been selected by the quality of their directors' earlier works and the potential of their current projects.

In total, there are 15 movies under L'Atelier 18th edition. Suzannah Mirghani, including other 14 directors were invited to the Festival de Cannes as their projects have been considered particularly“promising.” 
According to Festival de Cannes website, together with their producers, the directors including Mirghani will be able to meet potential partners, a necessary step to finish their project and start the making of their film. L'Atelier provides its participants access to international co-productions, thus accelerating the film's completion.

L'Atelier has been created in 2005 to stimulate creative filmmaking and encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers. Of the 231 projects accompanied until 2019, 182 are completed and 19 are currently in pre-production.




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