Arab directors win plaudits at film fest

26th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 September 2007 , SAN SEBASTIAN - Arab directors took the lion's share of the plaudits at the San Sebastian Film Festival with the Palestinian effort "Salt of this sea" by Anne-Marie Jacir and "Recycle" by Jordan's Mahmoud Al Massad sharing the Cinema in Movement award.

26 September 2007

SAN SEBASTIAN - Arab directors took the lion's share of the plaudits at the San Sebastian Film Festival with the Palestinian effort "Salt of this sea" by Anne-Marie Jacir and "Recycle" by Jordan's Mahmoud Al Massad sharing the Cinema in Movement award.

"I am very honoured to have received this award," said Al Massad when informed of the prize on Tuesday.

The pair will receive help in putting the final post-production touches to their works.

For "Salt of this sea" that will consist of help at the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre, as well as EUR 15,000 in aid while "Recycle" will receive a similar sum and be entitled to post-production work at the National Centre of French Cinematography.

The Cinema in Movement award was open to works from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Portuguese-speaking African countries and offered jointly by the San Sebastian, Freiburg, Amiens and Tarifa film festivals.

The aim is to "produce unfinished films and act as an effective bridge between professionals, firms and institutions" in these countries, and those in Europe and Latin America.

Sixteen movies are competing for the festival's Golden Shell award for best film, which is to be announced on 29 September.

David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" about the Russian mafia, which opened the festival on Thursday, and the touching "Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame" on the plight of Afghan children were the critics' favourites for the top prize.

(Copyright AFP with Expatica)

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