Arab Cinema Center and European Film Promotion unveil films for Arab Critics’ Awards for European cinema


The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and Europen Promotion of cinema (VET) announced the European films selected for the 3rd Arab Critics’ Prize for European Films. This comes in parallel with the addition of 13 film critics to the jury for this edition, bringing the total to 71 film critics from 15 Arab nations. The jurors will evaluate the nominated films on the digital platform Festival Scope, partner of the ACC. The official finalists will be announced soon and the awards ceremony will take place at the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival (November 26-December 5).

This award is a spin-off of ACC’s famous Critics’ Awards, which aim to increase cinematic variety in the region and to spark the interest of distributors and industry players in outstanding European films. In addition, this project aims to highlight the illustrious film critics of various Arab countries and their essential role in the broadening of points of view and the rapprochement of cultures.

The list of European films (in alphabetical order):

107 mothers | Director: Peter Kerekes | Slovak Republic | Best screenplay in the Orizzonti competition of the Venice International Film Festival.

After winter | Director: Ivan Bakrac | Montenegro | Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Ali and Ava | Director: Clio Barnard | United Kingdom | cannes film festival

as far as I can walk | Director: Stefan Arsenijevic | Serbia | Grand Prize – Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Blue moon | Director: Alina Grigore | Romania | Golden Shell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival

Hinterland | Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Austria | The Piazza Grande Audience Award at the Locarno Festival

Beehive | Director: Blerta Basholli | Kosovo | 3 awards at Sundance Film Festival

I am your man | Director: Maria Schrader | Germany | Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival

Inventory | Director: Darko Sinko | Slovenia | San Sebastian International Film Festival

Kill him and leave this town | Director: Mariusz Wilczyński | Poland | Berlin International Film Festival

Lamb | Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson | Iceland | Un Certain Regard – Originality Prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Freedom | Director: Clara Roquet | Spain | cannes film festival

Moon 66 Questions | Director: Jacqueline Lentzou | Greece | Berlin International Film Festival

My Sunny Maad | Director: Michaela Pavlatova | Czech Republic | Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Natural light | Director: Dénes Nagy | Hungary | Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival

Neighbors | Director: Mano Khalil | Switzerland | Locarno Festival

Patchwork | Director: Petros Charalambous | Cyprus | Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Brotherhood | Director: Dina Duma | North Macedonia | Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The Gravedigger’s Wife | Director: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed | Finland | cannes film festival

The latest | Director: Veiko Õunpuu | Estonia | Grand Prize at the Estonian Film and Television Awards

The most beautiful boy in the world | Director: Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri

| Sweden | Sundance Film Festival

The pilgrims | Director: Laurynas Bareiša | Lithuania | Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival

The teachers’ room | Director: Sonja Tarokic | Croatia | Two prizes at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The White Fortress | Director: Igor Drljača | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Berlin International Film Festival

The year before the war | Director: Dāvis Sīmanis | Latvia | Rotterdam International Film Festival

Three minutes – A stretch | Director: Bianca Stigter | Netherlands | Venice International Film Festival

The list of new film critics entered for the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films includes (in alphabetical order): Ahmed Abo El Fadl (Egypt) | Amged Gamal (Egypt) | Azz El Deen El Ouafi (Morocco) | Dalia Said Mostafa (Egypt) | Huda Jafar (Yamen) | Lama Tayara (Syria) | Marwa Abueish (Egypt) | Omnia Adel (Egypt) | Samira Dami (Tunisia) | Samya Ayish (Palestine)| Selim ElBak (Palestine) | Shaimaa Selim (Egypt) | Sherif Thabet (Egypt)

“This year, the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Cinema will be presented by 71 renowned film critics from 15 Arab countries at the Cairo International Film Festival. We are very grateful for this opportunity given to our partners to gain visibility for European films in the Arab world. », Said Sonja Heinen, CEO of EFP.

“We are delighted to present a host of outstanding films that have been screened at major international film festivals in 2021, such as Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Annecy, Locarno, Venice and San Sebastian, by even more critics Arab cinema. It is a great honor for us, ”she added.

“In its third year, the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Cinema have established themselves as a major event for European films in the Arab world. It highlights the contributions and creative writings of Arab film critics, which is one of the main objectives of the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Cinema, ”noted Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, founders of the Arab Cinema Center.

“We have had the pleasure of presenting the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films at the Cairo International Film Festival in previous years. the public at the best of international film production, ”commented Mohamed Hefzy, producer, screenwriter and president of the Cairo International Film Festival.

“This year, we welcomed new film critics for the third edition of the Arab Critics’ Prize for European Cinema, which introduced us to new Western works. This is the role of cinema, it bridges cultural divides. We get to know each other better. through Arab cinema, which have become an integral part of our self-definition.

We follow European films closely and have a point of view on them, especially now that these films are screened in Arab film festivals as a result of their international tours. We welcome our new colleagues from the Arab world and look forward to seeing everyone, ”said Ola Al-Sheikh, film critic and director of the Arab Critics’ Awards for European films.

About European Film Promotion (EFP)

European Film Promotion (EFP) is an international network of film promotion institutes from 37 countries across Europe, each representing their national films and talents abroad. Under the banner of VET, these organizations come together to promote the diversity and spirit of European cinema and talent in major film festivals and markets, especially outside Europe. EFP is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA program of the European Union and its member organizations.

The Hamburg-based office is supported by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the City of Hamburg’s Ministry of Culture.

About the Arab Cinema Center (ACC):

Organized by MAD Solutions in 2015, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is a non-profit organization registered in Amsterdam. ACC is an international platform for promoting Arab cinema as it provides the film industry with a professional showcase to connect with its counterparts around the world through a number of events it organizes. The ACC also offers networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specializing, among others, in co-production and international distribution. ACC activities vary from film markets, stands and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals. , and the publication of the magazine of Arab cinema. be distributed in major international film festivals and markets.

In addition, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC website, allowing users to get digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on ACC activities, notifications application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating in festivals, exclusive news on Arab Cinema LAB, and partner highlights of the ACC and their future projects.

About the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)

The Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most famous festivals in the Arab world and Africa. It is the only festival in the Arab and African region to be classified in category “A” by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in Paris (FIAPF).


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