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Montreal, QC, Mar 14 (Canadian-Media): Montréal Girls, directed by Canadian award-winning filmmaker Patricia Chica and co-written with award-winning screenwriter Kamal John Iskander, is one of the international projects selected to participate at the 2nd Málaga Festival Fund & Co-Production (MAFF) event to be held in Spain, located on the Iberian Peninsula in Europe. from March 18-22nd, 2019, media reports said.
Arab Cinema Center's selection of 'Montréal Girls' as the winning project to participate at the MAFF event would connect this film with international decision-makers as well international funding institutions attending the festival.
Previously, 'Montréal Girls', was curated as one of the 10 Canadian projects participating in the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, for which Chica was one of the selected rising directors.
Patricia Chica. Image credit: Twitter handle
Already being financially supported by Telefilm Canada, SODEC and Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund, 'Montréal Girls' tells the story of Basil, a young Egyptian student who had gone to Montreal on a med school scholarship.
There he is introduced to the city's vibrant underground subcultures and thrilling nightlife by his cousin, whom he meets in Montreal. Inspired by this exciting new world Basil decides to become a poet. Soon he gets into relationship with two young women who shatter his perceptions and reveal to him his destiny.
The coming-of-age drama is produced by Samuel Gagnon and Bahija Essoussi of the Montreal-based production company Objectif 9, while Patricia Chica’s long time collaborator, producer Byron A. Martin, acts as an Executive Producer.
Principal photography is slated to start in September 2019 in Montreal, followed by a portion of the movie to be shot in Cairo, Egypt. Producers Mohamed Hefzy and Daniel Ziskind of Cairo-based production company Film Clinic are attached to supervise the Egyptian portion of the shoot.
Patricia Chica is a Canadian multiple award-winning director, writer and producer with over 50 hours of content under her belt and specializes in high-quality character-driven content that depicts strong emotions and thought-provoking stories.
Her latest short film Morning After was presented in 19 countries and garnered over 30 awards and nominations. Patricia Chica is an alumna of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab and the SODEC_LAB Immersion Cannes. She is repped by Alex Flores, Steven Tobias and Doug Warner at Shoreline Management in the United States. Currently, Patricia Chica divides her time between Montreal and Los Angeles.
Patricia Chica will be attending the 2nd Málaga Festival Fund & Co-production (MAFF) event and open to discuss with International Sales Agents, Talent Agents, Festival Programmers and Financiers.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)