Egypt’s The Brink of Dreams wins Golden Eye Documentary Prize at Cannes

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 May 2024

Egyptian film The Brink of Dreams won the Golden Eye Documentary Prize at the 77th Cannes Film Festival which closed Saturday.



This is the first time for an Egyptian film to win an award in Cannes Critics' Week, a segment that was in its 63rd edition this year.

The Brink of Dreams (Rafaat Einy lel Sama) won an award together with Ernest Cole: Lost and Found, directed by Raoul Peck. The film follows Ernest Cole, South African photographer.

The Brink of Dreams is the second feature film directed by Nada Riyadh and Ayman El-Amir.

The plot focuses on an all-female, all-Coptic theatre troupe who challenge their traditional backgrounds.

Cannes Critics' Week is a parallel competition for new directors to screen their first or second works. This year, the segment screened 11 films.

The Brink of Dreams was one of two titles from Egypt screened at Cannes.

The other title was East of Noon, which screened within the Directors' Fortnight section.

Written and directed by Hala Elkoussy, the film stars Ahmed Kamal, Menha Batraoui, and Omar Rozek. Its plot follows a musician, Abdo, who rebels against his elders, seeking freedom through his art in a confined world outside of time.

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival concluded in the south of France with the awarding of its top prize, the Palme d'Or, to US Director Sean Baker for Anora.

Check all the winners of this year's Cannes Film Festival here.

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