This year's prestigious Résidence of the Festival de Cannes includes Iranian director & Egyptian filmmaker

From March 1st and ongoing until July 15th 2023, the Résidence of the Festival de Cannes hosts 6 directors who have received personalized support in the writing of their screenplay for their first or second feature film. They will be on the Croisette from May 16th to May 22nd.
This year's prestigious Résidence of the Festival de Cannes includes Iranian director & Egyptian filmmaker

Once again, this year the Festival de Cannes reaffirmed its mission to support the creations of younger generations and transmit a passionate interest in films. The Résidence is one of the foremost projects among the initiatives included under the new “Cinéma de Demain” banner.

Since its inception in 2000, the Résidence has assisted more than 250 filmmakers with their screenplays. Many of these directors have gone on to achieve international success, including László Nemes with Son of Saul (Grand Prix at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016), Lukas Dhont with Girl (Caméra d’or at the 2019 Festival de Cannes), and more recently Carla Simón with Alcarràs (Golden Bear at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival).

The six new residents include Italian helmer Laura Samani, born in the cross-cultural town of Trieste in the northeast of the country, Filipino filmmaker and musician Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, Buryatia-born director Diana Mashanova, Chinese-born multidisciplinary artist Tang Yi, Egyptian filmmaker Morad Mostafa and Iranian director, writer and producer Mohammadreza Mayghani.

Born in 1995 Mohammadreza Mayghani is an Iranian Director, writer and producer. He holds a bachelor's degree in dramatic literature from Sooreh University of Arts. In 2017, he founded Menisn Film Studios with Baran Sarmad. In 2017, he wrote and directed the short film, Cleaner. The film portraits a different form of femininity which a woman feels while awaiting for the result of a pregnancy test. The film was included in the lineup of several international festivals and received several awards. In 2020, he wrote and produced the short film Spotted Yellow, directed by Baran Sarmad, which premiered at the Locarno Festival. Mayghani then wrote, directed and produced the short film, Orthodontics. The film was in the Official Selection of Short Film Competition of the Festival de Cannes in 2021. The story of this short film is taken from the filmmaker's personal experiences as a teenager when he had orthodontic and tackles the effects of this treatment on that period of his life.

Morad Mostafa is an Egyptian Filmmaker, born in Cairo in 1988. He has worked for several independent films and collaborated as an first assistant director on Ayten Amin's Souad which was in the Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2020 and in the Berlinale lineup in 2021. Mostafa is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talents Campus. He also wrote and directed three short films, all of them selected at Clermont-Ferrand during three consecutive years, and screened at over 300 festivals worldwide, including BFI London Film Festival and Palm Springs, Shanghai, Thessaloniki, Karlovy Vary, Cinemed, FIFF Namur, Buenos Aires, Durban, Cairo, FESPACO and Carthage. His fourth short film, I Promise You Paradise, has just been selected for the Critics' Week 2023 lineup. After Torino Film Lab, Red Sea Lodge and Rotterdam Lab, Morad is currently developing his debut feature film Aisha can’t fly away anymore at La Résidence.

Photo of the directors of the 45th session of the Résidence of the Festival de Cannes used with permission. Photo copyrights: Mohammadreza Mayghani © Mohammad Keshvari - Tang Yi © Boyang Hu - Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan © Hannah Schierbeek - Diana Mashanova © DR - Morad Mostafa © Camille Dampierre - Laura Samani © Margherita Panizon

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