In Commemoration of the 71st Anniversary of the Nakba
Animation Film The Tower Screens in Three Different Cities in Palestine
Screening in three different cities in Palestine in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the Nakba, Mats Grorud's animation film, The Tower, will screen at Al-Kasaba Theatre and Cinematheque in Ramallah, Power Group in Bethlehem and the Cultural Symposium Club in Hebron on Thursday, May 16 at 09:30 PM. The film is set to screen at the Khalil Al-Sakakini in Ramallah on Sunday, May 26.
The film enjoyed many successful theatrical releases, the last of which was its release in Tunisian theaters. The film was also released at the Metropolis Cinema in Lebanon.
The Tower received the Liv Ullmann Peace Prize and the Professional Jury: 2nd Prize for Best Animated Feature Film at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. The film took part in the Cairo International Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, London Palestine Film Festival, Palestine Cinema Days, Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, Arab Film Festival in Famac in France, Busan International Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, and the European Film Festival in Ishbilia. The film also screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cairo Cinema Days, San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival in Spain, and the Metropolis Youth Film Festival in Lebanon Written and directed by Mats Grorud, The Tower features the voices of Romina Adl Kasravi, Mohamed Bakri, Najila Said, and Morad Hassan. The film is a French- Swedish-Norwegian coproduction that is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. She learns about her family's history through stories told to her by three earlier generations of refugees.
Mats Grorud is a Norwegian director and animator who studied Animation at Volda University College. He complimented his animation career with studies in Denmark, Beirut and Beijing. Mats directed the short films Santa Klaus and My Grandmother Beijing, in addition to animation films Kaja Polmar (2006) and Piotr Sapegin's Grandpa Is a Raisin (2006).
Today, Mats runs his own production company, Nubbsjangs Productions, where he develops his own projects, does commissioned work and teaches animation. He has also worked on several documentary projects. In 2007, Grorud started working on his debut feature animated film, The Tower, with producer Frank S√łbstad at Tenk.tv.