Saif Hammash’s THE DEER’S TOOTH to hold its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

12 May 2024
The Palestinian short film THE DEER’S TOOTH by Saif Hammash will be holding its world premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, which will be running from May 14th to the 25th. 
The film will premiere as part of the French festival’s Cinéfondation Section, screening during La Cinef Program 2 on Wednesday, May 22nd at 11 am at the Buñuel Theatre on the fifth floor of the Palais.
THE DEER’S TOOTH centers around a young man from a refugee camp who embarks on a perilous journey in order to fulfill his little brother’s wish: To throw his milk tooth into the sea.
Discussing the film’s concept at length ahead of the film’s debut at Cannes, Hammash explained that “This film is an attempt to portray the internal conflict that Palestinians — especially those living in a refugee camp — live with between their inability to adapt to the imposed political and historical reality on one hand and their desire for self-fulfillment despite the dangers surrounding them.”
Directed, written, and edited by Saif Hammash, THE DEER’S TOOTH was lensed by Ibrahim Handal, with music by Victor Kawwas, and stars Wisam Al-Jafari, Reada Ghazaleh, and Yasmin Shalaldeh.
In terms of the bigger companies at play, the film was supervised by Majdi El-Omari, produced by Dar Al Kalima, with MAD Solutions handling the film’s worldwide sales.
Saif Hammash is a Palestinian filmmaking student based in the Dheisha Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. While pursuing his degree, he directed a short fiction film as well as an experimental and documentary film. He has also worked on several other films as a scriptwriter, assistant director, editor, and camera assistant, and on the third edition of the Palestinian Refugees Film Festival as an editor in September 2022.