01/10/2014

From Morocco, Adios Carmen wins Best Film in Malmo

Omar, Factory Girl, Stable Unstable and War Reporter also among the winners

Events and Festivals

From Morocco, Adios Carmen wins Best Film in Malmo

Moroccan film Adios Carmen by director Mohamed Amin Benamraoui is continuing to reap awards, reports Aufait Maroc. The film was awarded first prize in the category feature narrative film at the forth Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, which ended on September 30.

Adios Carmen is set in the Rif mountains, during the 1970s, and tells the story of 10-year-old Amar. He and his uncle live alone: Amar's widowed mother left Morocco to remarry in Belgium. But a friendship with Carmen, a refugee from Franco's Spain, leads him to discover cinema. Adios Carmen stars Aman Allah Benjilali and Paulina Galvez.

The Palestinian film Omar also took home two prestigious awards. Its star Adam Bakri won Best Actor and Hany Abu-Assad, whose 2005 film Paradise Now attracted much critical attention, won Best Director. The award for Best Actress went to Yasmin Raeis for her role in Factory Girl by Egyptian director Mohamed Khan. Raeis found similar success for the role at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival. Egypt received a "Certificate of Appreciation" for Ayten Ami's Villa 69.

Two Tunisian films featured among the winners at Malmö. Al Huffington Post Maghreb reports that War Reporter received the award for Best Documentary. In War Reporter, director Amine Boukhris interviews journalists who have covered wars and the Arab Spring. Eyad Hamad, Ahmed Bahaddou and Nassim Boumzar show him some of their daily rushes -- the raw footage they took that has never appeared in the media. And they open up to him. Between images of stray bullets and rubble, these witnesses of war speak about their experiences, their sleepless nights, and their passion for the camera.

The second Tunisian film to be honoured at Malmö was Get Married by Ismahene Lahmar. It won the Special Jury Award for short film.

Lebanese director Mahmoud Hojeij's debut, Stable Unstable, was given the Special Jury Award for feature film.

The forth Malmö Arab Film Festival, which aims to promote Arab countries' cinematic output in Europe, screened 11 feature films, 13 documentaries, 26 short films, seven films directed by women, eight student films, 22 Scandinavian films and six films reflecting upon migration.

Seminars and workshops were held as part of the festival. These were an opportunity for filmmakers of Arab origin living in Scandinavia to meet and exchange views. The festival honoured Moroccan actress Touria Alaoui for her rich career in both film and television.

For the full list of prize-winners, please click here.

 

Sources: Aufait MarocAl Huffington Post Maghreb, Malmö Arab Film Festival

Translation: Simon Pickstone

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