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Egyptian Director wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or for his short film

The Cannes Film Festival’s official account tweeted on Thursday evening that Egyptian director Sameh Alaa won the Palme d’Or for his short film I’m Afraid to Forget Your Face”

The 15-minute production by Alexandria-based Figleaf Studios, in collaboration with France’s Les Cigognes Films, was celebrated Sunday at its MENA premiere in Hurghada, as part of the El Gouna Film Festival, which concludes tomorrow.

Earlier this month, the film won the first special mention at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur of Belgium and the Silver St. George at the Moscow International Film Festival, as well as an honourable representation at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

Distributed by Square Eyes Film, Sttashar’s plot follows Hemeida’s Adam on a tough journey to reunite with his lover, portrayed by Nourhan Ahmed, after 82 days of separation.

The crew also includes producers Mark Lotfy, Ahmed Pachaa, Ahmed Zayan and Mohab Shehab Eldin, cinematographer Giorgos Valsamis, art director Shaimaa Magdy, editor Yasser Azmy, sound designer Moataz Al-Qammari, and assistant directors Omar El-Halawany, Menna Eldiaby, Abdel-Rahman Shafik and Ahmed Mahmoud.

The competition concluded the three-day Cannes 2020 special event, after the 73rd edition of the famous festival was cancelled earlier this year due to the coronavirus. This was the competition’s second cancellation since 1939.

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