Egyptian film Clash scoops two awards at the Indian Int'l Festival of Kerala
Ahram Online, Monday 19 Dec 2016
Mohamed Diab's film Clash has won the Suwarna Chakoram Prize for Best Film and the Audience Prize Rajata Chakoram

Egyptian film Clash (Eshtebak) won two major awards -- the Suwarna Chakoram Prize for Best Film and the Audience Prize Rajata Chakoram -- at the 21st edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala, India, which ran between 9 and 16 December.

This is yet another recognition to the film which garnered nymerous awards since it had it world premiere at the Un Certain Regard section in the 69th the Cannes Film Festival last May.

Produced in 2016 and co-written by Khaled Diab and director Mohamed Diab, Clash is a co-production between France, Egypt, Germany and the UAE.

Clash explores the confrontations between pro and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators that emerged following the removal of president Mohamed Morsi from power on 3 July 2013.

Prior to its success in India, 'Clash' won the Golden Pram at the 14th Zagreb Film Festival in Croatia, which ran between 12 and 20 November.

The film also scooped four awards at the 27th edition of the Carthage Film Festival in October; the second highest prize in the festival's feature film competition, as well as the Best Photography Award and the Best Editing Award, in addition to the African University Award for Cinematic Criticism for Best Feature Film (The Nagiba El-Hamrony Award).

Clash also won Best New Director, Best Director of Photography, and the Sociograph Award, which is voted for by the audience, at the 61st Valladolid Film Festival (Seminci, Spain), which was held between 22 and 29 October. It also competed in the 60th BFI London Film Festival.

The Hollywood Reporter named Clash one of the 10 best films at the Cannes Film Festival.

Clash is Egypt's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards 2017.

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