Within the activities of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, the Arab Cinema Center announced the winners of the fifth edition of the Critics’ Awards for Arab Films, which targets films produced in 2020, and an international jury consisting of 160 critics from 63 countries participates in evaluating films. Festival Scope, the digital partner of the Arab Cinema Center.
Deborah Yang, director of the Critics’ Awards, commented: “Despite the lack of film production in the whole world during the last year, the level of Arab films was very good, which made competition and selection exhausting in the Critics’ Awards for Arab films. I congratulate the winners and thank the members of the jury.”
Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, co-founders of the Arab Cinema Center, stressed that “the competition this year in the Critics’ Awards for Arab films was great, and the level of films was very distinguished, and it is remarkable the great representation of Palestine, which won 4 out of 6 awards, which is an indication of the great development What is happening in Palestinian cinema in recent years.”
The prizes were as follows:
Long live captain | Directed by: Mai Zayed | Egypt
Hiam Abbas | Gaza Monamour | Palestine
Ali Suleiman | 200 meters | Palestine
Kawthar bin Haniyeh | The man who sold his back | Tunisia
Amin Nayfeh | 200 meters | Palestine
Best Feature Film
Gaza Monamour | Directed by: Arab and Tarzan Nasser | Palestine
The first edition of the Critics’ Awards for Arab Films kicked off on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and awards are given to the best achievements of Arab cinema annually in the categories of best narrative and documentary film, director, author, actress and actor. This year’s jury includes 160 of the most prominent Arab and foreign critics belonging to 63 countries around the world, which is what happens for the first time in the history of Arab cinema.
The final list nominated for the awards was chosen according to criteria that included that the films had been shown for the first time internationally in international film festivals outside the Arab world during 2020, and that one of the production bodies was Arab (whatever the percentage and form of their participation in the film), in addition to that the films be Long (fiction or documentary).