Egyptian films Photocopy and I Have a Picture have both won top awards at the 5th edition of Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon which closed on 27 April with a ceremony at Beit El-Fann (Al-Azm Cultural Centre).
Photocopy, directed by Tamer El-Ashry, won the Best Feature Narrative Award. Starring veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida, the film focuses on a retired man in Cairo who begins to learn about the extinction of dinosaurs. This sets off a series of events that will give his life renewed meaning.
It’s full title, ‘I Have a Picture: Film No 1001 In The Life of the Oldest Movie Extra In The World’, won the Best Documentary Award.
Directed by Mohamed Zedan the film is a tribute to an actor who appeared in over 100 Egyptian films and TV series between the 1940s and 2010, but it also serves as a survey of Egyptian cinema history.
Both films had their premieres at the first El-Gouna Film Festival last September where they also won their first awards; Photocopy won the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature Narrative, while I Have a Picture won the El-Gouna Star for Best Arabic Documentary.
The Tripoli Film Festival for features, documentaries, animation and short films ran between 19 and 26 April. This edition honoured Lebanese filmmaker Randa Chahal.
Egyptian director Sherif ElBendary was part of the festival's international jury. Other Egyptian films were part of the festival's selection, including Kiss Me Not, 'Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim' as well as two short films — Red Velvet and Affability.
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