Egypt's short Wintry Spring wins best film, Ahmed Kamal best actor in Italy festival

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 May 2016

The short film, Wintry Spring (Rabie Chetwy), is directed by Mohamed Kamel and stars Ahmed Kamal

Ahmed Kamal
Ahmed Kamal in Wintry Spring (Photo: still from the film)

Egypt's short film Wintry Spring (Rabie Chetwy) scooped-up major awards at the 48th edition of Fotogramma d'Oro, a film festival that was held in Messina, Italy between 25 and 28 May.

Released in 2015 and directed by Mohamed Kamel, the 16-minute film received the best short award and the star, Ahmed Kamal, was awarded the best actor.

The film depicts a relationship between a father and his daughter Nour. In an apparently otherwise regular relationship and life, typical youth problems emerge with Nour and create a rift between the two.

Born in 1981, Mohamed Kamel is an Egyptian film director and screenwriter as well as a graduate from the High Institute of Cinema at the Academy of Arts, Cairo. He has numerous short films -- fiction and documentaries -- to his name, many of which were screened in numerous international festivals. 

Born in 1959, Ahmed Kamal is one of Egypt's well-known actors with a large experience of working in theatre, cinema and television series where he created numerous memorable roles. His filmography includes working with many renowned directors. Kamal also gives acting workshops.

Held annually, the Fotogramma d’Oro (Golden Frame) Film Festival focuses on independent cinema. This year the festival included the screening of 67 short films with duration of between 10 and 20 minutes.

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