Egyptian film Clash wins Golden Pram at Croatian festival

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Nov 2016

The multi award-winning film is screening this month at the Cairo International Film Festival

Clash (Photo: Still from Clash)

Egyptian film Clash (Eshtebak) won The Golden Pram at the 14th Zagreb Film Festival in Croatia, which ran between 12 and 20 November.

The film, which saw its world premiere at the Un Certain Regard section at the 69th the Cannes Film Festival last May, was screened in Egyptian cinemas in July and is currently screening at the Cairo International Film Festival.

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. 

The film recently 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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