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Awards of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival
Published in Ahram Online on 29 - 11 - 2018


International Competition
The Golden Pyramid for best film, presented to the producer
A Twelve-Year Night, by Álvaro Brechner (Uruguay, Argentina, Spain)
A Twelve-Year Night tells the true story of three prisoners who were members of the Tupamaro urban guerilla and were captured at the onset of Uruguay's military dictatorship that ruled between 1973 and 1985. Taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation, they remained in solitary confinement for the whole twelve years, being moved between 40 prisons around the country.
Director: Álvaro Brechner
Screenplay: Álvaro Brechner
Cinematography: Carlos Catalán
Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín, Alfonso Tort, Soledad Villamil
(Photo: still from A Twelve-Year Night, winner of the Golden Pyramid for best film at 40th Cairo International Film Festival)
The Silver Pyramid, Special Jury Prize for best director
Manta Ray, by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand, France, China)
Donbass, by Sergei Loznitsa (Germany, Ukraine, France)
The Bronze Pyramid for Best First or Second work of a director
Obey, by Jamie Jones (UK)
Prize for Best Actress
Zsófia Szamosi for One Day, by Zsófia Szilágyi (Hungary)
Prize for Best Actor
Sherif Desoky for EXT. Night, by Ahmad Abdalla El Sayed (Egypt)
Best Artistic Contribution
The Third Wife, by Ash Mayfair (Vietnam)
Naguib Mahfouz Prize for Best Script
Birds of Passage, by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Script by Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal (Colombia, Denmark, Mexico)
(Photo: still from film Obey)
Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition
Best Arab Film Prize, Presented by TikTok (15.000$)
Poisonous Roses, by Ahmed Fawzy Saleh (Egypt)
Salah Abu Seif Prize (Special Jury Prize)
Poisonous Roses, by Ahmed Fawzy Saleh (Egypt)
Egyptian film Poisonous Roses follows the life of Saqr, a character who seeks to flee the grubby Egyptian tanners' district where he lives and works. The film is based on Ahmed Zaghloul Al-Shiti's 1990 novel titled Saqr's Poisonous Roses.
While introducing the viewers to a new perspective of Cairo's tanneries, the film is visually rich, with lots of effort and details given to the cinematography.
(Photo: still from film Poisonous Roses)
Saad Eldin Wahba Prize for Best Arab Film
Fatwa, by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia)
Cinema of Tomorrow Short Film Competition
Special Mention
A Fishers' Recall (Colombia)
Special Mention
Dark Chocolate (Egypt)
The Special Jury Prize
She (Kosovo, France)
Youssef Chahine Prize for Best Short Film
Brotherhood (Canada, Tunisia, Sweden)
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Award
Poisonous Roses (Egypt)
International Film Critics' Week
Fathy Farag Prize for Best Artistic Contribution
Erased, Ascent of the Invisible, by Ghassan Halawani (Lebanon)
Shadi Abdel Salam Prize for Best Film
Aga, by Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria, Germany, France)
FIPRESCI Award – In memory of Samir Farid
A Twelve-Year Night, by Álvaro Brechner (Uruguay, Argentina, Spain)
(Photo: still from film Fatwa)


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