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September 8, 2019,   5:06 PM

3 Arab Movies Receive Venice Film Festival Awards

Amany Zaher



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Three Arab Movies have received awards at the 76th Venice Film Festival, with Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala winning “the lion of the Future” award for his debut film, “You Will Die At 20”.

The movie, which is the first Sudanese film to ever win this award, features a mother that gives birth to Muzamel—a boy cursed by a Dervish prophecy that he will die at the age of 20. The movie will participate also in Toronto Film Festival this month.

Lebanese Film “All This Victory” (Jeedare El Sot in Arabic) by Ahmed Ghossein bagged three awards during Venice International Critics Week, including the Grand Prize Venice International Film Critic’s Week – SIAE, Audience Award, and the Mario Serandrei award. The film tells the story of Marwan, who heads out to south Lebanon from Beirut in search of his father who refused to leave his village during the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006.

“Scales” (Sayidat Al Bahr in Arabic) by Saudi director and writer, Shahad Ameen, received the Verona Film Club Award for the most innovative film during Venice International Film Critics Week.

Tunisian/French actor, Sami Bouajila, won the Orizzonti Award for best actor for his role in “Bik Eneich – Un Fils” by Tunisian director, Mehdi M. Barsaoui.

The Joker won the Golden Lion award for best film. French actress, Ariane Ascaride, received the best actress award for her role in “Gloria Mundi”, and Luca Marinelli won the best actor award for his role in “Martin Eden”.

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