Talk about the last of last-minute scenarios: First-time filmmaker Mohamed Hamidi's debut film, Homeland, has been added to the official selection line-up as an out-of-competition screening.
The festival has made ongoing efforts to include the community at large in the festival, and the screening of the film will only be open to high school students from the Provence-Alpes, Cote d'Azur region of France. Both Hamidi and star will attend for a Q&A session.
The French comedy tells the story of a French-Algerian law student, played by Tewfik Jallab, who travels to his homeland of Algeria for the first time, only to have his identity stolen by his shifty cousin (Debbouze). He must decide where his loyalty lies as things start to unravel.
Jallab is virtually unknown in the U.S., but audiences will recognize Debbouze as the abused grocer's assistant in Amelie. He is an A-list, megastar in France, and hosted this year's Cesar Awards (France's version of the Oscars).
The screening will take place on May 21st in the afternoon, and will be debuted at the Sixtieth Anniversary Theatre. A press screening will also take place in the morning prior to the one shown to the students.