The film “Alam”, directed by Firas Khoury, won the Golden Pyramid Award at the Cairo International Film Festival in its 44th session, on which the curtain fell, the night before last.
The film is a joint (Palestinian-French-Tunisian-Saudi-Qatari) production, and its events revolve within 104 minutes about five Palestinian teenagers from the Arab homeland trying to assess the dangers they will face when they struggle to force them to forget history.
The festival’s international competition jury said about the film: “It is a work that bears the meaning of humanity recognized in the whole world, sensitive but deep, simple but powerful in its events…we can consider it as a guide to good communication with the world in the true sense of the word.”
The committee awarded its special award, “The Silver Pyramid”, to director Emmanuelle Nico from France for the movie “Love According to Dalva”, while the “Bronze Pyramid” award, which is awarded for the first or second work, went to Polish director Damien Cukor for the movie “Bread and Salt”.
The French Zelda Samson won the Best Actress Award for her role in the movie “Love According to Dalfa”, while the jury awarded the Best Actor award jointly to the Sudanese Maher Khair for his role in the movie “The Dam” and Mahmoud Bakri for his role in the movie “Alam”.
The Japanese film “A Man” won the Best Screenplay Award, and the Egyptian director of photography, Mustafa Al-Kashef, won the Best Artistic Contribution Award for “19 B.”
The festival, which started on November 13, screened more than 100 films from about 50 countries, and honored the Egyptian director Kamela Abu Zekri with the “Faten Hamama Award for Excellence”, and the actress Lebleba and director Bella Tarr from Hungary with the “Golden Pyramid of Lifetime Achievement” award.
The closing ceremony of the festival was organized in the presence of the Egyptian Minister of Culture, Dr. Nevin Al-Kilani, and the festival’s president, the star Hussein Fahmy.
In the Horizons of Arab Cinema competition, the award was won by the film “Land of Illusion” by the Lebanese director Carlos Chahine, and the jury awarded its prize to the movie “The Bride’s Blessing” by the Lebanese director Bassem Breish.
The documentary “Away from the Nile” by Sherif El Katsha won the best non-fiction film award in the competition. The Lebanese Carole Abboud also won the award for best acting performance for her role in the movie “Birket Al-Arous”.
The jury commended the performance of the Algerian actress, Lina Khoudary, in the movie “Horeya”, as well as the Tunisian documentary “We Return to You” directed by Yassine Redissi.
In the “Critics Week” competition, which included seven films, the award was won by the movie “Bamfair” by Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholitky Sobchuk, and the jury award went to the movie “Joyland” from Pakistan. In the short film competition, the award went to the American animated film “Rosemary P.A. – After My Father”, and the Egyptian film “My Friend” by director Kawthar Younes won the jury award, which also noted the movie “One Damn Wish” from the Czech Republic.
The director of the Cairo Film Festival, Amir Ramses, announced that the movie “Alam” won the Audience Award, which bears the name of the late critic Youssef Sharif Rizkallah.
The Egyptian film “19 B”, directed by Ahmed Abdullah Al-Sayed, won the Best Arab Film Award at the festival, and the film also won the International Federation of Critics Award “Febrissi”.
• 100 films from about 50 countries were shown by the festival, which closed the curtain on its 44th session the day before yesterday.
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