Magazine article Screen International

'The Syrians' Triumphs at Dubai Film Connection

Magazine article Screen International

'The Syrians' Triumphs at Dubai Film Connection

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Refugee drama takes $25,000 prize.

Tunisian director Mohamed Ismail Laouti’s The Syrians has scooped the top $25,000 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) Award at the 10th Dubai Film Connection (DFC) co-financing event.

Willy Rollé and Mohamed Ismail Louati

The film, capturing the lives of five Syrian refugees forging a new life in Lebanon following the outbreak of civil war in their homeland, is produced by Willy Rollé at Stuttgart-based production house Tavma.

The project also picked up three DFC partnership prizes, consisting of accreditation for the Cannes Producers Network as well as invitations from the Tribeca Film Institute in New York and Robert Bosch Stiftung to attend their respective development and financing programmes next year.

In other DFC awards, Sudanese film-maker Amjad Abu Alala won the $10,000 ART Award for his debut feature You Will Die At Twenty, about a man whose mother was told on the day of his birth that he would die at the age of 20. It is produced by Cairo-based Hossam Elouan at Cairo-based Transit Films. …

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