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17  11  2008

Award

Eyes on the Sky wins 2nd Ahmed Attia Award for Interculural Dialogue

The documentary film Eyes on the Sky, directed by Spanish filmmaker Jesús Garay and produced by Massa d’Or Produccions and Silverspace (Spain) and the Istituto Luce (Italy), received the “2nd Ahmed Attia Award for Interculural Dialogue” in October during the Euro-Mediterranean Documentary Market MEDIMED 2008.

The winning film was selected out of 22 nominees by a jury comprising Alex Szalat (ARTE), Martine Viglione (CMCA), Pau Montagud (DOCS DF) and producers Olga Abazoglou (Greece), Boualem Aissaoui (Algeria) and Mohamed Charbagi (France).

Eyes on the Sky, which was screened in Spanish cinemas and was pitched as a project at the MEDIMED Pitching Forum in 2005, is an 86-minute historical documentary about the bombing (both day and night) of Barcelona between 16-18 March 1938. Thousands of citizens lost their homes and more than three hundred lost their lives. Those events were not only tragic for Barcelona but were decisive in determining how the Second World War would be fought with the subsequent bombing of Dresden, Cologne, Hiroshima and other cities.

The award was created by the Board of Directors of APIMED (the Association of Independent Mediterranean Producers) as a tribute to the Tunisian producer Ahmed Baha Eddine Attia, who passed away in 2007. In August of that year, Tunisia lost one its leading cinema figures. As a film director, producer, distributor and exhibitor, Attia was a tireless activist in the cinema industry south of the Mediterranean and unveiled a new wave of Tunisian cinema to the world during the 1980s and 1990s, particularly with films such as L’Homme de Cendres, Halfaouine and Le Silence des Palais. In 2006 during the Carthago Cinema Days, where he presented his last work Viva Carthago! - the first African animation feature produced with support from Euromed Audiovisual I, Attia launched the inaugural seminar of Generation Big Screen (a project funded by Euromed Audiovisual II) to an audience of 40 Maghrebi professionals.

The 9th instalment of MEDIMED, where the Ahmed Attia award was presented, brought together more than 200 professionals including buyers, distributors, commissioning editors, filmmakers and independent producers from 34 countries. 313 documentaries were available for screening at the Docs Gallery and 25 documentaries were selected from the 122 works reviewed, representing 17 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

For further information, please contact:
APIMED – c/ Girona, 20 – 08010 Barcelona (Spain)
Tel: + 34 93 244 98 50 / info@apimed.org / www.medimed.org