Egyptian director Mourad Mostafa’s “Issa” won the “RAEL” award for Best Short Film at the 76th Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week.
The film’s official Facebook page said: We are proud to announce that Egyptian director Murad Mostafa’s “Jesus” or “I Promise You Paradise” won the “Golden Rail” award for Best Short Film at the 76th Cannes Critics’ Week. International Film Festival. The award is voted by a jury of 100 members and film critics.
Director Mourat Mustafa had announced that his film “Izza” (I Promise You Heaven) will be participating in the Critics’ Week competition at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins on May 16 and ends tomorrow, Saturday.
In a previous statement to Mustafa Al-Jazeera Net, he said that “Issa” is his fourth short film, in which he continues to achieve the goal he started with previous works shown at the French “Clermont-Ferrand” festival. The first film was “Henna Ward”, which dealt with the issue of non-Egyptians – especially Africans – living in Egypt.
The events of the movie “Issa” revolve around a 17-year-old African immigrant in Egypt who races against time to save his loved ones after a violent accident. It stars Kenny Marcelino and Kenzie Muhammad.
The “Rail d’Or” is an emblematic prize awarded by the Film Enthusiasts Association since 1995 to a feature film and a short film during Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.
In recent years, independent and short Egyptian cinema works have appeared, participating in international festivals and winning important awards, including the film “Stature” by director Same Alaa, which won the Palme d’Or award for best short film at “Cannes”. Festival 2020 and Director Omar Al-Zuhairy’s “Rishes,” which won the Best Film Award at Cannes Critics’ Week 2022.
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