Magazine article Screen International

Bouzid, Soliman Win Top Prizes at DIFF

Magazine article Screen International

Bouzid, Soliman Win Top Prizes at DIFF

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Bouzid's Tunis-set drama tells the story of a young woman singing in a political rock band in the run-up to the Tunisian revolution. Soliman's documentary is about an Egyptian woman trying to look after her four children around the time of her divorce.

Salem Brahimi's Let Them Come, about a family affected by a rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism in 1990s Algeria, scooped the Special Jury Prize in the Muhr Feature competition.

Best actress went to Menna Shalabi for her performance in Egyptian filmmaker Hala Khalil's Nawara, while best actor went to LotfiAbdelli for Tunisian director Fares Naanaa's Borders Of Heaven.

"We have been so impressed with the female directors this festival has chosen to showcase," said jury president Deepa Mehta at the closing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. "We would like to salute all the filmmakers that dare to make a difference and the institutions that dare to showcase their work, which is DIFF."

The Muhr Emirati category was also strong this year, with seven shorts and four features in competition. Best Emirati feature went to Saeed Salmeen for Going To Heaven, while Nasser Aldhaheri took best director for A Tale Of Water, Palm Trees And Family.

Hany Abu-Assad's The Idol won the People's Choice Award, while Abdullah Hassan Ahmad took home the $100,000 Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay. …

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