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Audience award goes to Palestinian '3000 Nights' at French film festival

The Palestinian feature won the Audience Award at The Annonay International Film Festival

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Feb 2016
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Directed by Mai Masri, the Palestinian feature 3000 Nights won the Audience Award at the Annonay International Film Festival in France that finished on Monday.

“The film's screening night was attended by more than 400 spectators who gave an overwhelming standing-ovation that lasted for minutes as the actress Khitam Edlebi and French Director of Photography Gilles Porte on stage to address the audience,” according to MAD Solutions, a Cairo-based company that specialises in public relations and marketing for the film and entertainment industry

3000 Nights film centres on a young newly-wed Palestinian school teacher who is jailed in a top-security Israeli prison where she eventually gives birth.

3000 Nights made its world premiere in September 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It then made its Arab world premiere in December 2015 as part of the Dubai International Film Festival’s 12th edition where it participated in the Muhr Arab Feature Films Competition.

The film's tour across Palestine comes right after the film's US premiere as part of the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January.

Co-produced by Palestine, France, Jordan, UAE, Qatar and Lebanon, '3000 Nights' centres on a young newly-wed Palestinian school teacher who is jailed in a top-security Israeli prison where she eventually gives birth.

During the press conference for the Luxor Arab and European Film Festival, the Palestinian director May Masri said her film 3000 Nights was shot in a real prison without any set decor as a way of preserving the film's authenticity. Masri added that the jail where they filmed was neither in Palestine nor Jordan. 

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