24 11 2008
Palestine and Algeria celebrated during the 22nd Carthage Cinema DaysThe 22nd annual edition of the Carthage Cinema Days, Africa's oldest and still active cinema event, has just ended, in keeping with its always renewed activist spirit of African and Arab cinema. Mediterranean was emphasized with a whole section devoted to contemporary Turkish cinema, another dedicated to Algeria and a third one to Palestine ; tributes were also paid to three great figures of African cinema: the Egyptian filmmaker Yousef Chahine, his French producer, Humbert Balsan, and the talented Burkina Faso and Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté, still playing at 72 year old.
TEZA, an Ethopian film, already celebrated in Venice last September, won 6 prizes (Golden Tanit, best scenario, best image, best editing, best music, as well as the best second male role). Other festival winners included “Leila’s Birthday” by the Palestinian director Rachid Masharaoui who was awarded the “Silver Tanit” as well as the Best Actor Award, and « Salt of this Sea » by Anne-Marie Jacir scooped the Randa Chahell Award, while Algeria's "Yellow House" by director Amor Hakkar received the Jury Special Award and Lyès Salem's « Mascarades » was awarded the First Works Award (as well as the Children Jury Award and Best Female Actress Award).
The Carthage Film Festival were directed by Mrs Dora Bouchoucha who created Nomadis Ecriture, which is one of Meda Films Development's partners, one of the Euromed Audiovisual II Programme's twelve projects, which is currently organising its very last workshop in Marrakech, in parallel with the Marrakech International Film Festival.