HEDI Receives First Film and Best Actor Awards
Four AFAC-supported films won awards during the closure ceremony of the 66th Berlin Film Festival. Tunisian “Hedi” by Mohamed Ben Attia won Best First Feature Award with the Silver Bear for Best Actor going to its lead actor Majd Mastoura. The film had already beaten some odds by being the first Arab film to screen in the Festival’s Competition since 2005 and the fifth Arab film ever to be included in the Competition (following Youssef Chahine’s “Alexandria Why?” in 1979, Burhan Alawiyah’s “Beirut Encounter” in 1982, Ferid Boughedir’s “Summer in La Goulette” in 1996 and Hani Abu-Assad’s “Paradise Now” in 2005).
Mahdi Fleifel’s “A Man Returned” received the Silver Bear Jury Prize for a short film in Ber;inale’s Shorts Competition in addition to EFA Nomination for European Film Awards. Screened at the Forum, Maher Abi Samra’s “A Maid for Each” and Tamer Al Said’s “In the Last Days of the City” were awarded the Peace Film Prize and the Caligari Film Prize respectively.