Mostra de Venice 2022: an Algerian filmmaker member of the juries

Algerians are all over the world and always stand out in international events. Last week, we shared with you the news about the participation of a purely Algerian production in the international film festival, which will be held from August 31 to September 10, 2022.

This is the feature film “Al Akhira – the last queen” directed by Damien Ounouri and Adila Bendimerad. Indeed, this Algerian film is one of the selection of ten feature films, in competition for the “Venice days” category. Which will be rewarded by the “Venice days awards”.

In addition, another Algerian presence will mark the Venice Film Festival for the year 2022. She is an author, filmmaker and director. You may have guessed it, we are talking about Sofia Djama.

Algerian Sofia Djama member of the juries of the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival

The news was announced by the organizers of this international event on their official website. But also by Sofia Djama on her Instagram account. Indeed, this Algerian filmmaker will be present alongside Isabel Coixet, Antonio Campos, Laura Bispuri and Edouard Waintrop. And this, to preside over the “Orrizonti” category.

One of the official categories of the Venice Film Festival for the year 2022, the “Orrizonti” jury will award several prizes in this section. In particular, the best female and male interpretation, the best film, the best screenplay and finally the prize for the best director.

Venice Film Festival 2022: who is Sofia Djama?

Born in Oran and child of Bejaia, Sofia Djama joined the capital Algiers to continue her studies in literature and live there. She was spotted in 2012 thanks to her first short film “Mollement, un dimanche soir”. A film that deals with several issues of Algerian society. And who received a double prize at the Clermont-Ferrand festival.

Sofia is also making her mark on the side of feature films. Indeed, in 2017, she released her film “The Blessed”. Who, tackles the life of an Algiers couple who lived in 1989. “The Blessed” received the “Brian Awards” prize, intended for films dealing with human values ​​and their respect. But also, thanks to which, Lyna Khoudri received the “Orrizonti” prize for best actress.

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