Spring Grants 2018 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT
Over four seasons, we follow the labour-filled days of Gevar, a Syrian refugee, whose small garden on the outskirts of a housing project became his “raison d‘être”, or rather, “a reason to do”. ‘Gevar’s Land’ explores the mysterious power of the earth, and its capacity to restore an ineffable link between an exiled and uprooted man, and his new surroundings. The film questions the idea of territory, which often goes hand in hand with the need to erect borders. Here, what is mine, and there, what is yours.
- Qutaiba Barhamji
- Qutaiba Barhamji
- Karim Aitouna
About the Director
Qutaiba Barhamji was born in Damascus, Syria, and speaks four languages fluently, Arabic, Russian, English and French. He has worked as a movie editor on several feature documentary films including 'The Magic Mountain' (Andrei Schtakleff, 2015), 'Guests' (Alexey Sukhovey, 2015) and 'Film-me' (Lera Latypova, 2015). His first short film 'Wardé' (2016), which was produced by Arte France, won several awards and obtained the CNC state grant.
Production Company Profile
Hautlesmains is a production company based in Lyon, France and founded by independent producers Karim Aitouna and Thomas Micoulet. The company aims to produce director-driven films with captivating stories that focus on social and multicultural matters. Previous credits include; 'I am the People' (2015) directed by Anna Roussillon, which was selected at ACID Cannes, awarded at Jihlava IDFF and Belfort Entrevues; 'The Night and the Kid' (2015) directed by David Yon, presented in World Premiere at the 65th Berlinale; 'Poisonous Roses' (2016) by Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, which premiered at IFF Rotterdam, 'Controfigura' (2017) by Rä di Martino selected at Biennale di Veneza, and 'Sans bruit, les figurants du désert' (2017) by MML Collective. Haut Les Mains is a member of the following networks; EAVE, Eurodoc, Atelier Network.