Sudanese and Moroccan directors win in Un Certain Regard section at Cannes

Eslam Omar , Saturday 27 May 2023

Arab cinema continued to garner critical recognition at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival (16-27 May), with three Arab films receiving awards in the Un Certain Regard section that were announced on Friday.

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All winners of Un Certain Regards (Photo: Cannes Film Festival)


Sudanese director Mohamed Kordofani debut film Goodbye Julia won the Freedom Prize, becoming the first Sudanese film ever to win this award.

Moroccan director Asmae El Moudir won the Directing Prize for Kadib Abyad (The Mother of All Lies).

And Moroccan director Kamal Lazraq's film Les Meutes (Hounds) won the Jury's Prize.

The Un Certain Regard segment jury, which included 20 feature films, was chaired by American actor John C. Reilly.

It included French director and screenwriter Alice Winocour, German actress Paula Beer, French-Cambodian director and producer Davy Chou, and Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne.

Arab films recognized

The accolades to Arab directors in the Un Certain Regard segment add to awards received by Arab films in other segments in this edition of the prestigious French festival.

Jordanian Inshallah Walad and Egyptian Eissa (I Promise You Paradise) won in parallel sections.

Meanwhile, Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania’s film Banat Olfa (Four Daughters), which garnered widespread praise in its debut at Cannes, is competing for the Palme d'Or in the main segment.

The 2023 edition of Cannes concludes Saturday.

All awards have been announced as follows:

Un Certain Regard Prize: HOW TO HAVE SEX, directed by Molly Manning Walker (1st film)

New Voice Prize: AUGURE (OMEN), directed by Baloji (1st film)

Ensemble Prize: CROWRÃ (THE BURITI FLOWER), directed by João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora

Freedom Prize: GOODBYE JULIA, directed by Mohamed Kordofani (1st film)

Directing Prize: Asmae El Moudir, in KADIB ABYAD (THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES)

Jury’s Prize: LES MEUTES (HOUNDS), directed by Kamal Lazraq (1st film)

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