Palestinian director Firas Khoury’s debut function Alam has triumphed on the forty fourth Cairo International Film Festival, profitable its Golden Pyramid Award for Best Film, greatest actor for Mahmoud Bakri and the Audience Award.
The coming-of-age story, which world premiered in Toronto, explores the truth of Palestinian youngsters rising up inside Israeli borders.
Bakri stars as a high-school pupil who will get concerned in an operation to switch the Israeli flag flying from his college with a Palestinian one, as Israeli celebrates Independence Day and Palestinians commemorate Nakba, or the disaster.
The image, which is bought internationally by MPM Premium, was acquired by Film Movement for North America earlier this 12 months.
The Silver Pyramid particular jury award for greatest director went to Belgium’s Emmanuelle Nicot for Dalva, a delicate portrait of a younger lady as she rebuilds her belief in life after being sexually abused.
Big display screen debutant Zelda Samson received the very best actress award for her efficiency within the movie.
The Bronze Pyramid Award for Best First/Second Work was awarded to Polish director Damian Kocur’s Bread And Salt.
The drama, which debuted in Venice to acclaim, explores racial tensions between Poles and immigrants of Arab origin by means of the story of a gifted piano pupil who returns to his provincial hometown for the summer time.
In additional prizes, Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Screenplay went to the Japanese thriller drama A Man by Kei Ishikawa, and Egyptian cinematographer Mostafa Elkashef was feted with Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution for his work on Egyptian function 19B by Ahmad Abdalla.
In the regionally targeted Horizons of New Arab Cinema Competition Awards, Best Arabic Film went to Mother Valley
In one other win for Lebanon, Bassem Breche’s Riverbed clinched the Special Jury Award.
Egyptian documentarian Sherief Elkatsha received Best Non-Fiction Award for Far From The Nile, following the U.S. tour of 12 musicians hailing from totally different international locations alongside the Nile River basin.
There have been additionally Special Mentions for Tunisian filmmaker Yassine Redissi’s documentary I’m Coming Home and French-Algerian director Mounia Meddour’s Houria, starring Lyna Khoudri as an aspiring dancer whose profession is lower quick by a violent assault.
In the International Critics’ Week competitors award, Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk’s Pamfir received Best Film, Pakistani filmmaker Saim Sadiq’s Joyland received Best Artistic Contribution and there was a Special Mention for Victim by Michal Blasko.
In festival-wide awards, Abdalla’s 19B received the $10,000 Best Arab Film Award, for which movies in both of the primary competitions have been eligible, and Breche’s Riverbed obtained a Special Mention. 19B additionally received the Fipresci prize.