Egyptian film EXT. Night wins biggest prize at Malmo Arab Film Festival

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Oct 2019

One of the largest Arab cinema festivals outside the Arab world, the Malmo Arab Film Festival, concluded its ninth edition on Tuesday

Malmo Arab Film Festival

Egyptian film Leil Khargy (EXT. Night) was named best feature film at the ninth edition of the Malmo Arab Film Festival, which took place in the Swedish city between 4 and 8 October.

The festival's biggest prize was received by Sherif El-Desouky and Mona Hala, the main actors in the 2018 production directed by Ahmad Abdalla El-Sayed, at the full house Royal Cinema, one of Sweden's largest theater.

Lebanese Bahij Hojeij was named best director for Good Morning, while Screwdriver by Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi won the best screenplay award.

Tunisian star Ahmed Hafiane was named best actor for his role in Fatwa by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, while Moroccan Fatima Atif won the best actress award for her role in The Healer by Mohamed Zineddaine.

The best short film prize was awarded to Tunisian film Brotherhood by Maryam Joobeur, while the best short film director's prize went to Tunisian film Sheikh’s Watermelon by Kaouther Ben Hania, in addition to a special mention for The Sparrow directed by Nasri Hajjaj.

The best documentary award went to the Lebanese film Erased, Ascent of the Invisible by Ghassan Halwani, while Sarah Kaskas won best director for Underdown, in addition to a special mention for Sudanese film Khartoum Offside by Marwa Zein.

The jury of feature films combined actress Laila Alawi, critic Qais Qassem and director Ridha Behi, who judged through an online discussion. Meanwhile, the short film competition's jury composed of producer Layaly Badr and critics Waleed Seif and Nabil Hajji, while The documentaries jury was composed of director Mai Masry, critic Tarek Ben Chaabane and director of the Tripoli Film Festival Elias Khlat.

The audience choice award presented by the Culture Office in Malmo went to the Egyptian film The Guest by Hadi El-Bagoury, while Al-Nahar's newspaper award, whose jury consisted of critics Adnan Hussien Ahmed, Mustafa Kaoud and Marwa Abu Eish, went to Screwdriver by Bassam Jarbawi.

At the Arab cinema festival, many activities were held including the screening of around 120 feature, short and documentary Arab films from across the globe. Egyptian feature film Youm W Leila (A Day and a Night) premiered at the closing ceremony, which was attended by its director Ayman Makram, scriptwriter Yehya Fikri, producer Remon Ramsis and star actress Dora.

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