A DROWNING MAN

About

Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through the day.

Screens with

2017 Program

CLOSING NIGHT PROGRAM--RESTORATION

Saturday, November 4, 2017--7:00 PM

Country

Denmark, United Kingdom, Greece

Genre

Narrative

Year

2017

Runtime

15 min.

Language

Arabic

Subtitles

Engligh

Credits

Director

Mahdi Fleifel

Producers

Signe Byrge Sørensen

Patrick Campbell

Mahdi Fleifel

Writer

Magdi Fleifel

Cinematography

Vasco Viana

Editing

Michael Aaglund

Art Direction

Alexia Theodoraki

Costume Design

Alexia Theodoraki

Sound

Dario Swade

CAST

Atef Alshafei

The Kid

Jalal Qaniry

Bis

Thymios Koujios

The Man

Renih El-Saleous

Fatah

Mounir Alkhateeb

Abu Love

Irene Aggelopoulou

Shop Assistant

Artist Bio

Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian film director who graduated in 2009 from the UK National Film & TV School. In 2010 he set up the London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks with Irish producer Patrick Campbell. His debut feature, A World Not Ours (2012), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has received more than 30 awards, including the Peace Film Prize and the Panorama Audience Award at the 2013 Berlinale.  In 2016 he won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale with A Man Returned.

A Drowning Man was nominated for the Short Film Palm d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.  It is also the recipient of the Short Film Award at the Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, and was nominated for the Grand Prix a the Encounters International Film Festival, the Tiernan McBride Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Short Cuts Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Short Film Prize at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT:  With A DROWNING MAN I wanted to tell a story that captures some small part of the day to day lives of refugees living on the fringes of Europe.  It is based on stories I've heard from friends, stories I could have been living if my family hadn't escaped to Europe in the 1980's. As with all of my recent work, the aim is not to make a statement about the rights and wrongs of any given situation but to simply give as intimate and true a picture as I can of things that are familiar to me, hoping audiences will come away having seen things from another perspective.

Working through fiction for the first time in nearly ten years I was concious of retaining the authenticty and rawness of my documentary work.  Our Palestinian cast are all refugees in Greece, many had made the perilious sea crossing from Turkey that we have all become fo familiar with.  The story is shaped by their own experiences and expressive personalities as much as the ideas I brought to Greece before meeting them.