Sunday, June 21, 2009

55th Taormina Film Fest Award Winners

Yesterday the fest concluded and here are the award winners.

Mediterranea Competition – Golden Tauro Awards

Golden Tauro for Best Film: Al Lail Altawed (The Long Night), Hatem Ali, Syria, 2009. For its elegant and cinematic way to tell a story that deals with moral and political issues. The ensemble cast was convincing.

Special Jury Prize: Zrubavel, Shmuel Beru, Israel, 2009. Compelling story and ensemble acting represents an outstanding achievement. The originality of the project puts the film on the edge between documentary and fiction, exposing the very difficult life of the Ethiopian community in Israel.

Special Mention: Khaltet Fawzia (Fawzya a Special Blend), Magdy Ahmed Aly, Egypt, 2008. A very strong feminist character and the freedom of thought it represents.

Best Director: Nour- Eddine Lakhmari for Casanegra, Morocco, 2008. This talented director's work reveals the dark side of life in Casablanca, using a deft hand in directing young actors whose energy is contagious.

Best Actor: Emile Dequenne in La fille du RER (The Girl on the Train), André Téchiné, France, 2009. A layered performance that presents a complex character; Emilie
Duquenne inhabits the role of this complex character.

To check the other winners go here.

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