‘As I open my eyes’ goes to Venice


24 Jul 2015

The film received both a SANAD development and post-production grant for its originality and boldness

Leyla Bouzid’s first feature film ‘As I Open my Eyes’ has been chosen to participate in the 72nd edition of Venice Film Festival’s event Venice Days, which takes place from 2 to 12 September 2015.

Tunisian director, Leyla Bouzid started her career making short films. In 2013, her short film ’Zakaria’ was screened and won the Best Producer prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and was also screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. ‘As I Open my Eyes’ is her first feature film.

The film received both a SANAD development and post-production grant for its originality and boldness. SANAD recognizes the exceptional quality of Leyla Bouzid’s film and the strength of her previous.

SANAD supported films have continually been featured at several international film festivals and have received international recognition by winning numerous awards and accolades. SANAD supported films screened at Venice include Theeb, directed by Naji Abu Nowar, which won the best director for Orizzonti competition 2014, and Tahrir Square: The Good, The Bad and the Politician, directed by Amr Salama, Ayten Amin and Tamer Ezzat.

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