We are immensely proud to announce that Mahdi Fleifel's A DROWNING MAN has been selected for the Short Film Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2017. The film will be in the running for the 2017 Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by Cristian Mungiu, President of the Jury, at the official award ceremony of the 70th Festival de Cannes on 28th May.
A DROWNING MAN is about The Kid who, alone and far from home, who makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.
The film is produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut for Real in co-production with Nakba Filmworks (UK) and Homemade Films (Greece). Mahdi Fleifel has previously toured the festival circuit with the award winning documentary films A WORLD NOT OURS (2012) and A MAN RETURNED (2016). A DROWNING MAN will be Mahdi Fleifel's first fiction film.
Only 9 films were selected from the 4843 submissions - view the full list of selected films at the Cannes Film Festival website.