Cinema: Lebanese short film wins North Africa, Mideast prize

In Cannes COPEAM awards Karim Nasr among 15 young directors

27 May, 15:54

    NAPLES - The short film "There must be something wrong" by young Lebanese director Karim Nasr won the main prize of the first edition of the award "A premier vue", open to short films by film students from North Africa and the Middle East which took place at the Pavillon "Les Cinémas du Monde" of the Institut Français, as part of the Cannes film festival.

    Launched by COPEAM - the Rome-based association that deals with cooperation in the audiovisual sector of the Mediterranean area - and francophone television network TV5MONDE, the prize has selected and evaluated 15 debut films by young talents that have just completed a program at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts di Beirut (ALBA), Ecole Supérieure de l'Audiovisuel et du Cinéma (ESAC) de Gammarth in Tunisia and ÉSAV di Marrakech (ESAVM).

    An international jury chose "There must be something wrong", made in 2021 by Nasr: a dystopian story on the problems experienced during the past two years of isolation and invasion of the virtual world in human relations and the workplace.

    The filmmaker will be able to participate in the week of international residence FIDCampus, organized by the festival FIDMarseille in July. Among jurors, Rai Cinema, which gave a special prize to "The tower of silence" (ESAVM, 2020) by Morocco's Mohamed Aouad and which will host on its online platform a selection of short films.

    Finally, a mention was given to "La veille du volcan" by Tunisia's Abanoub Youssef (ESAC, 2021).

    The short film sector is prospering and is increasingly drawing the attention of prominent film festivals like Cannes.

    The winners of the Prize "A première vue" this year will be promoted in the coming months through international screenings and events and, for the 2023 edition, the selection will be open to films from cinema schools of other Mediterranean countries.

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