Emad Al-Ibrahim Dikurdi’s story of fraternal bonds and criminal transgressions “The Tale of Shomron” scooped top prizes at the Marrakech Film Festival on Saturday, closing episode 19.The tenth The version that saw a strong and welcome return to personal action after two years of enforced delays.
Dehkordi’s debut follows two brothers’ slide deeper into the drug trade as they provide any number of illegal thrills to Tehran’s wealthy and hardcore youth. While it remains above all a family drama, Marrakesh Winner certainly evokes the ennui of a younger generation of Iranians now seething in protest and anger on the streets of real Tehran.
Clearly moved, director Emad Ibrahim Dikordi received the Golden Star Award by dedicating the award to “all Iranians who fight for their freedoms, to those who face the death penalty. This award is for women and youth in Iran.”
The movie “Alma Viva” by Christel Alves Mira and “The Blue Caftan” by Maryam Touzani won the Jury Prize, coming in second place. Both films will represent their countries as Portugal and Morocco’s international feature film Oscar submissions, both of which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
Thunder, director Carmen Jacquesre’s story of women’s liberation set in the face of the stifling religious climate of last-century Switzerland, won the award for directing, while actor Choi Sung-yeon won for “Riceboy Sleeps” and Arswendy Bening Swara for “Biography,” as well. To an impressive total number of Indonesian thriller Maqbool Mubarak and Anthony Shim’s Canadian immigration drama, which collectively won awards in Venice, Toronto, Taipei and Vancouver.
The closing ceremony kicked off on Saturday with a tribute to Tilda Swinton, who served as chair of the jury at the previous edition of the Marrakech Festival, and who expressed her genuine shock when her daughter, actress Honor Swinton-Byrne, made a surprise appearance to present the award.
After “Triangle of Sorrow” director Robin Ostlund called Swinton on stage by calling her “the David Bowie of cinema” in reference to her worldly and chameleon-like qualities, the festival honoree displayed a side of her rarely seen on screen when her jaw dropped, she opened in shock and her eyes filled with happiness. When her daughter walked on stage.
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