Benguerir Film Festival: The Grand Prize for the Egyptian film "Today is a Wonderful Day"

The 8th edition of the Benguerir Film Festival ended on Sunday. Egyptian director Neveen Shalaby’s film “Today is a Wonderful Day” won the Grand Jury Prize, while Best Screenplay went to Moroccan film “Bye Bye France”.

In addition, the jury of this film competition, chaired by the Moroccan director Mohamed Kaghat, decided to award the Prize for Best Director to the Moroccan film “Pile ou Face”, while that of the best interpretation was awarded ex -aequo, to the actors Rafik Boubker and Tarik Boukhari.

In the “Short Films” Category, the Grand Prize was awarded to the film “La Mère du Clown” by Manal Ghoua, while the Prize for Best Screenplay went to “Poupiya” directed by Dania Achour and the Prize for Best Director to “Possibility 3” by Abdelilah El Omari.

A Special Mention was also awarded to the films “Nechba” by El Houari Ghoubari and “Dead End” by Samira Darwich.

For Salmane Tariq Alam, president of the Festival, “after two years of interruption following the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival has come back in force, arousing great enthusiasm since the first day”.

Five feature films and 25 short films were in the running to win the Prizes for this edition, which aims to promote the development of the film industry and contribute to the cultural influence of the city of Benguerir, he recalled.

For his part, the actor Hicham Ouali, member of the jury in the “Feature films” category, indicated that this high quality cultural event made it possible to bring cultural action closer to all strata of society, indicating that the Festival was also an opportunity to promote exchanges and encounters between filmmakers, the film industry and moviegoers.

Note that during this 8th edition, a vibrant tribute was paid to figures of Moroccan cinema, in particular actors Mohamed El Jem, Hassan Foulane, Aziz Dadas and Naima Bouhmala, producer Rachida Ahfoud and critic Hafid Aissaoui.

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