France’s ‘Good Mother’ awarded best film at Egyptian women movie festival
Published: Mar 02, 2022 06:44 PM
French film Good Mother, by Hafsia Herzi, was named the best film in the Feature Film Competition of the sixth Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF), as announced on Monday evening in Upper Egypt's Aswan city.

The film tells the story of Nora, a housekeeper, whose son is arrested in a gas station robbery and she does everything she can to help him as he remains in custody awaiting trial.

The feature film section screened at least 11 films from different countries.

Notably, both the best actor and best actress awards went to actresses, as exceptionally decided by the judges, who explained onstage that female characters in the competing films were not "used as decoration" as usual, but they played major roles that outperformed those of male characters. 

The two best acting awards went to Sabine Azema for her role in the French film Secret Name by Aurelia Georges, and Karam Taher for her role in Farha, a film directed by Darin J. Sallam, a Jordanian director who won the best director for the same film.

Farha tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who is left behind by her father in Palestine in 1948, and she watches from a locked cellar as catastrophe consumes her home and changes her dream from seeking education in the city to survival.

"It's very important to have festivals that address women's issues because it puts their causes under the spotlight," Sallam said.

In the Short Film Competition, where 24 films contested, Spanish film Deaf was named the best, while Canadian actress and director Marianne Farley was named the best director of short films for Frimas.

Although Egypt did not join the International Competition for Feature Films at the festival, two Egyptian feature films received awards under the Egyptian Film Competition.

Full Moon by Hadi El Bagoury was awarded the best Egyptian film tackling women's issues, and Back Home by Sarah Shazli was named the best Egyptian film representing women's creativity.

Three other Egyptian films won prizes in a new competition called Films with an Impact: Her Story by Sayed Abdel-Khalek, Doors of Makkah by Mohannad Diab and It Takes a Village by Reem Osama.