The nominee films for the Arab Critics Award, which include both features and documentaries, are selected by a team of 75 movie critics from 34 countries, including India. The awards will be announced during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival between May 14 and 25.
Interestingly, Labaki—who will head the ‘A Certain Regard’ jury at Cannes this May—will be the first Arab to enjoy the honour.Apart from Capernaum and Yomeddine, Palestinian filmmaker Muayad Alayan's extra-marital affair drama, The Reports On Sarah And Saleem, involving a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman and Morocco's Sofia (about a young woman who illegally gives birth outside wedlock) by Maryem Benm Barek have got two nods each.
With Arab cinema getting increasingly focussed and engaging, it has begun to attract greater attention among movie festivals and critics. The Awards, now in their third year, also help promote Arab cinema.
Egyptian film critic Ahmed Shawky, who steers the Critics Awards, recently told the media that competition was fierce this year, indicating Arab cinema’s growing calibre and repute. “It was a hot year full of several Arab films that got selected, competed and won numerous international awards at many festivals in 2018,” he said.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Best DocumentaryOf Fathers and Sons, dir. Talal Derki (Syria) Erased, ___ Ascent of the Invisible, dir. Ghassan Halwani (Lebanon) Chaos, dir. Sara Fatahy (Lebanon, Syria)
Best ActressMaha Alemi, Sofia (Morocco) Maryhan Magdy, Poisonous Roses (Egypt) Sarah Layssac, Divine Wind (Algeria)
Best ActorMohamed Dhrif, Weldi (Tunisia) Ahmed Hafiane, Fatwa (Tunisia) Zain Al Rafeea, Capernaum (Lebanon)
Best ScreenplayMeryem Benm’Barek, Sofia (Morocco) Abu Bakr Shawky, Yomeddine (Egypt) Rami Alayan, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (Palestine)
Best DirectorAbu Bakr Shawky, Yomeddine (Egypt) Nadine Labaki, Capernaum (Lebanon) Hicham Lasri, Jahilya (Morocco)
Best FilmYomeddine, dir. A.B. Shawky (Egypt) Capernaum, dir. Nadine Labaki (Lebanon) The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, dir. Muayad Alayan (Palestine)
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