'Capernaum', 'Yomeddine' lead Arab cinema Critics Awards nominations

Screen | 4/25/2019 | Staff
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Two 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or contenders top the third edition of the Arab cinema Critics Awards this year, organised by the Arab Cinema Centre (ACC).

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum and Egyptian director A. B. Shawky’s Yomeddine have both clinched three nominations.

Nominations - Filmmaker - Muayad - Alayan - Drama

Following with two nominations each are Palestinian filmmaker Muayad Alayan’s drama The Reports On Sarah And Saleem, about the ill-fated affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, and Moroccan director Meryem Benm’Barek’s Sofia, revolving around a woman in Casablanca who illegally gives birth out of wedlock.

Capernaum, about a neglected young refugee boy living in the slums of Beirut, won the jury prize at Cannes last year and went on to be nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars.

Shawky - Yomeddine - Tale - Leper - Egypt

Shawky’s Yomeddine, a tale of a leper who crosses Egypt in a quest to reunite with his family, won the François Chalais Award and went onto tour a slew of festivals, winning the top prize in Tunisia’s Carthage Film Festival.

The nominations are selected by 75 film critics from 34 countries around the world, who viewed Arab feature and documentary films released in 2018 on online platform Festival Scope.

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