AVE MARIA Vies at CINEMED-International Mediterranean Film Festival

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AVE MARIA Vies at CINEMED-International Mediterranean Film Festival


Basil Khalil's award winning short film AVE MARIA will be part of the Short Fiction Films competition at the 3rd edition of CINEMED - International Mediterranean Film Festival in Montpellier (24-31 October).

Contending at more than 40 film festivals through 20 countries, AVE MARIA has been awarded Best Screenplay Award at at France's longest-standing short film festival, Festival du Film Court de Grenoble. The film also received a Special Mention for Best Live Action Short Film at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, North America's largest short film festival in addition to 1st place award in the HP Bridging The Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders. Recently, Basil Khalil has been awarded Best Director in the Documentaries and Short Movies section at Cervignano Film Festival in Italy.

The 14 minute film tells the story of the Nuns of the 'Sisters of Mercy' Convent, in the middle of the West Bank wilderness, who have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of Jewish settlers come knocking at their door for help after crashing into the convent's wall.

The title of the film, "AVE MARIA", is Latin for "Hail Mary", an important Roman Catholic prayer. The film was written by Basil Khalil and Daniel Yez, and stars Maria Zreik, Huda Al Imam, Shady Srour, Ruth Farhi and Maya Koren. The film is produced by Incognito Films in Paris with the support of Robert Bosch Stiftung Fund in Germany.

AVE MARIA screening times at CINEMED - International Mediterranean Film Festival in Montpellier GMT +2:

Monday, 26 October at 12:00 pm in Corum - Salle Pasteur
Thursday, 29 October at 06:15 pm in Corum - Salle Pasteur