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"Après le Soleil" to World Premiere at Cannes

Tue 14 May 2024 | 10:06 AM
Pasant Elzaitony - Yara Sameh

French director Rayane Mcirdi's latest film "Après Le Soleil" (After the Sun) will receive its world premiere at the 55th edition of the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, the parallel section of the main Cannes Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from May 15 to 23.

Established in 1969, the Fortnight, or the Quinzaine Des Cinéastes, in French, is an independent sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival and will debut 21 feature films and ten short films.

Set in the 1980s, "After the Sun" follows a young girl who embarks on her first summer journey from France to Algeria without her newlywed sister. She endeavors to reignite the bonds with her heritage, delving into a homeland rich with cherished memories waiting to be rediscovered.

The film will receive three screenings at the festival's Directors' Fortnight. It is scheduled to be screened for the first time on Thursday, May 23 at 11:45 am at Théâtre Croisette.

The second and third screenings are scheduled for Friday, May 24 — one at 12 pm at Olympia/Salle 8 and another at 7 pm at Alexandre III.

"Après Le Soleil" stars Sonia Faïdi and Bellamine Abdelmalek, with co-production MALFAMÉ by Walid Bekhti, Sherianne Leïla Bekhti, and Yannis Zaccharie Bekhti, while MAD Solutions handles the sales and distribution of the film in the Arab World.

Born in 1993 in Asnières, Rayane Mcirdi is a French filmmaker and visual artist. He grew up between Asnières-sur-Seine and Gennevilliers, in the Hauts-de-Seine department.

He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Angers. His work, midway between fiction and documentary, is based on stories, memories, and anecdotes collected from his relatives, which he compiles into short and medium-length films.

Since 2015, his films have circulated in group exhibitions and video programming. Among them are: YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE ( 2016), Le Toit (Dada Marrakech 2020), and LE JARDIN (2021). His film "THE FLAMING CRESCENT" (2022) has been selected at Cinéma du Réel.