‘Inshallah a Boy’ wins Final Cut award at Venice Film Festival

Inshallah a Boy
(Photo: Venice Film Festival)
AMMAN — “Inshallah a Boy”, a film by Jordanian director Amjad Al-Rasheed, won $5,000 in financial support from the El-Gouna Film Festival, the Arab Cinema Center announced in a press statement on Tuesday.اضافة اعلان

The monetary support comes as part of awards for Arab film projects at the Final Cut in Venice workshop, and were provided by two partners of the Arab Cinema Center, El Gouna Film Festival and MAD Solutions.

“Blacklight” by Algerian director Karim Bensalah won MAD Solutions’ award “for promotional and distribution services in the Arab world”, the statement said.

Inshallah a Boy was a collaborative effort by a number of Arab Cinema Center partners. It was produced by Imaginarium Films and co-distributed regionally by MAD Solutions and Lagoonie Film Production.

Directed by Amjad Al-Rasheed — who co-wrote the film with Delphine Augte and Rula Nasser — Inshallah a Boy stars Muna Hawa, Haitham Omari, Salwa Nakkara, Yumna Marwan, Mohammad Al-Jizawi, and Eslam Al-Awadi. The film follows Nawal who suddenly loses her husband and finds herself facing society and its laws. However, things turn upside down when she gives birth to a boy.

Blacklight, by Karim Bensalah, tells the story of Sofiane, an Algerian student enjoying a relatively easy life in France as a diplomat's son. Suddenly falling a victim to an administrative decision, he becomes illegal. In order to legalize his situation, he finds a job in a Muslim funeral home, which turns out to be a life-changing experience.

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