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WorldAfricaWith three major awards... Arab cinema shines at Cannes

With three major awards… Arab cinema shines at Cannes

The jury prize went to the Moroccan film Gangs, directed by Kamal Lazraq, which tells an interesting and touching story of a father and his son trying to get rid of a corpse, highlighting the story of a certain number of criminals.

It is a film which the members of the jury said “opens our eyes to the realities we live in on a daily basis”.

The jury, chaired by American actor John C. Reilly, awarded the “Freedom Award” to the Sudanese film Farewell Julia, directed by Sudanese Mohamed Kordofani.

The head of the jury said of the film “Goodbye Julia” that he is about freedom, noting that this award is a tribute to resistance fighters against all forms of racism and power and an invitation to speak the truth , describing the Sudanese work as a “brilliant and enjoyable film”.

Krodofani expressed his joy that Sudan had won an award for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival, saying, “I’m proud to be Sudanese, greetings to the people of Sudan.”

Moroccan director Asmaa El Moudir won the director’s award for her feature film “White Lies”.

This is the work in which the director evokes the bread uprising in 1981, during which a lot of blood was shed.

For her part, Asmaa Al-Mudir said that she had worked on this film for ten years and that this work would not have been possible without the role played by her parents.

Arab films entered the official competition for “Un Certain Regard”, which saw the participation of 22 international feature films.

Kordofani and Lazraq’s chances are still open to win the “Golden Camera” prize, which is awarded each year to a director who takes part in Cannes with his first feature film.

The jury awarded the “Promising Voice” prize to director Balouhi for his film “Ogura” from the Republic of Congo. The directors of the Brazilian film “Borini Flower” Joao Salaveza and Rene Masura won the prize for integrated work.

The ceremony began with a short film that remembers the child victims of the war in Ukraine, in a new tradition adopted by the festival management.

For the first time in the history of a look contest, 6 different prizes have been awarded since the creation of the contest in 1978.

The jury was made up of American actor John C. Reilly, French director and screenwriter Alice Winokour, German actress Paula Bree, Franco-Cambodian director and producer Davy Chu and Belgian actress Emily Deakin.

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