"Habiba" by Hassan Benjelloun, best screenplay of the FFFC

The Moroccan film “Habiba” by director Hassan Benjelloun won the prize for best screenplay at the 2nd edition of the Cairo Francophone Film Festival (FFFC).

Shot between Casablanca and a rural area in the Settat region, the feature film deals with a love story between a music teacher and his student, who lost her home and her job, before this love comes up against many challenges.

The leading roles in the film are played by Fattah Ngadi, Fatima Zahra Balladi, Abdelghani Sennak and Souad Alaoui.

In addition, the festival’s grand prize was awarded to the Argentinian film “Exiles far from the sea”, while the jury prize was awarded to the Tunisian film “L’assassin de Nabeul”.

The festival, which took place from November 28 to December 2 at the Cairo Opera, celebrates French-speaking culture by screening films from all the member countries of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).

Many films, feature and short films, fiction and documentaries from OIF member states were screened during this edition.

The Cairo Francophone Film Festival is an annual competitive festival organized by the company “Media Hub for PR, Events and Communications”.

According to its organizers, the festival aims to strengthen creative ties between Egypt and the different countries of the French-speaking world, through its various programs, which include numerous cinematographic and cultural activities and presentations of the best cinematic experiences in French-speaking countries.

Its objective is to develop interest in Egyptian, international and especially French-speaking cinema among the Egyptian public, to consolidate artistic links between peoples, to allow encounters between Egyptian cinema professionals and professionals from around the world and thus to promote the cinema industry in Egypt, in the French-speaking, Arab world and everywhere else.

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