Sundance fest to open with DFI co-financed film

December 06, 2012 - 4:23:53 am


A scene from Cherien Dabis’ ‘May in the Summer’

DOHA: ‘May in the Summer’, a film by Arab-American filmmaker Cherien Dabis which is co-financed by the Doha Film Institute (DFI), will be the opening film for the US Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. 

Having won international recognition for her first feature ‘Amreeka’, Cherien’s follow-up film is a dramatic comedy set in Jordan, where a bride-to-be is forced to re-evaluate her life when she reunites with her family, only to be confronted with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce.

The film is produced by Chris Tricarico and Alix Madigan, and was co-financed by DFI underlining its commitment to nurture a strong Arab film industry by supporting regional and international productions. Whitewater Films and Durga Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the film. The project also received development support from the Time Warner Storytelling Grant, part of the Sundance Grants and Fellowship Programme and a Production grant from the Jordan Film Fund, Royal Film Commission of Jordan.

Abdulaziz Al Khater, Chief Executive Officer of DFI, said: “One of the key objectives of DFI is to foster and facilitate the evolution of a pan Arab film industry, whereby talented filmmakers have the opportunity to tell their stories to the world. Cherien’s ‘May in the Summer’ presents a compelling portrait of Arab society, and we are honoured that our latest Middle Eastern project is opening the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, reiterating the strong global inroads made by Arab films and filmmakers.” 

Paul Miller, Head of Film Financing, Doha Film Institute, said: “Co-financing is an important component of our film financing initiatives, which also includes the MENA Grants and the Gulf Development Unit. May in the Summer is a powerful addition to our portfolio of co-financed projects, which demonstrates our long-term commitment to building the Arab film industry by supporting talented filmmakers both regionally and from the Arab diaspora.” The Peninsula