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Newcomer Royalty Hightower as Toni
The Fits, written, produced & directed By Anna Rose Holmer and starring newcomer Royalty Hightower as Toni, is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni - a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni's desire for acceptance is twisted. The story is by Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis & Lisa Kjerulff and produced by Lisa Kjerulff.

The Fits, Official Trailer
The Fits was developed and produced through the 2014/15 Edition of the Venice Biennale Cinema College program, a micro-budget and micro-timeline initiative for first and second time directors from around the world. The film premiered at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival as part of the Venice Biennale Cinema College showcase. Charlotte Mickie at Mongrel International is selling the film internatioanlly, with Oscilloscope Laboratories distributing domestically in the United States. The film rolls out at selected theatres across the US starting early June 2016.

Toni trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati's West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she grapples with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere. Shortly after Toni joins the team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Soon, however, the girls on the team embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears "the fits" but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she's found her footing. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.

Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman Among Seven Films
Supported By The Doha Film Festival Selected
To Screen At Festival de Cannes 2016

The Salesman (Le Client), Asghar Farhadi - Photo © HabibMajidi,SMPSP
The Salesman, written and directed by celebrated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, and co-financed by the Doha Film Institute, will mark its world premiere in the official competition of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Six other films supported by the Doha Film Institute Grants programme have been officially selected to screen in key sections at the prestigious global film event.

The Salesman is produced by Memento Films Production and Asghar Farhadi Production, in coproduction with Arte France Cinéma and in association with Doha Film Institute, Memento Films Distribution and Arte France.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said: "We are delighted that seven films supported by the Institute have been officially selected at Cannes this year. The selection of The Salesman in the Festival's official competition section is an achievement we are all very excited about, as it adds to our pride in partnering with international productions that set new benchmarks in excellence in filmmaking. Asghar Farhadi is one of the most recognized filmmakers working today, someone we have long admired for his talent and commitment to making films that tackle strong subject matters with enduring humanity.

"I would like to thank the entire team behind the film for sharing their vision with us and making us a part of their incredible journey, and wish them the very best. This has been a passion project for all involved and we look forward to audiences discovering this latest masterpiece."

Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple's life. The Salesman stars Shahab Hosseini (A Separation) and Taraneh Alidoosti (About Elly).

Farhadi won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation and the Best Actress Award at Cannes 2013 for his last film The Past.

Among the six DFI grantee films, two have been selected to the Un Certain Regard section - Apprentice (Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar) written and directed by Boo Junfeng; and Dogs (Romania, France, Bulgaria, Qatar) by Bogdan Florian Mirica.

Showcased in the Directors' Fortnight is Divines (Morocco, France, Qatar), directed by Houda Benyamina. The remaining three DFI grantee films will compete for top honours in the Critics Week including: Mimosas (Spain, Morocco, France, Qatar) by Oliver Laxe; Tramontan (Lebanon, France, UAE, Qatar) by Vatche Boulghourjian; and Diamond Island (Cambodia, France, Germany, Qatar) by Davy Chou.

"At the very core of DFI's film funding mandate is to contribute to World Cinema and ensure that great stories continue to be told. We are committed to celebrating high-calibre talents, both emerging and established, to contribute to a growing roster of quality world cinema. Through our DFI Grantee programme, we are underling our commitment to support emerging talent and create a body of work that reflects the cinematic ambitions of the next generation. These projects will also inspire the young Qatari film professionals to create compelling content that will gain international acclaim," added Al Remaihi.

As part of Qatar's presence in Cannes, the Doha Film Institute is also presenting a special Made in Qatar showcase of short films at the Cannes' Short Film Corner, a section of the festival dedicated to showcasing films from more than 90 countries to thousands of accredited industry guests, festival selectors and short film industry specialists.

The line-up includes winners of the Best Documentary Film and Best Narrative Film at Ajyal 2015: The Palm Tree by Jassim al Remaihi and Asfoora by Mayar Hamdan respectively, Good as New by Jasser Alagha, Yellow Nights by Abdullah Al Mulla, The Notebook by Amna Al-Binali, Light Sounds by Karem Kamel, Veganize it by Khalid Salim, To My Mother by Amina Ahmed Al Bloshi and Inside Out by Fahad Al-Obaidly.

Since premiering at Ajyal in 2015 the MIQ package screened at Clermont Ferrand and Berlinale, and is also scheduled to screen in Sarajevo and several other festivals on the international circuit later this year.

About Doha Film Institute
Doha Film Institute is an independent, not-for-profit cultural organisation. It supports the growth of the local film community through cultivating film appreciation, enhancing industry knowledge and contributing to the development of sustainable creative industries in Qatar. The Institute's platforms include funding and production of local, regional and international films; skills-sharing and mentorship programmes; film screenings; the Ajyal Youth Film Festival; and Qumra. With culture, community, learning and entertainment at its foundation, the Institute is committed to supporting Qatar's 2030 vision for the development of a knowledge-based economy.


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