“The Man Who Sold His Skin” Best Arab Narrative Film & "Their Algeria" Best Arab Documentary Award at the El Gouna Festival



Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania’s “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” (L'Homme qui avait vendu sa peau) won the award for best Arab film at the El Gouna Festival, and a prize money of $ 30,000, directed by Kawthar Ben Hania. Director Ben Haniyeh presented the award to Syrian refugees. “I’m really glad to win this award in an Arabic country, because it’s a movie about a refugee in Europe, but let’s say it’s with an Arabic point of view - which you know is not common,” said Ben Hania


Nadim Cheikhrouha at Paris-based Tanit Films and Habib Attia at Tunis-based Cinétéléfilms lead produced “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” in association with Guillaume Rambourg, Lassaad and Rafik Kilani with the support of co-producers Twenty Twenty Vision, Kwassa Films, Laika Film & Television, Metafora Media Production, Sunnyland Film (ART Group), Film I Vast, Voo & Be Tv and Istiqlal films.


The movie revolves around Sam Ali, a young, sensitive and impulsive Syrian, fled to Lebanon to escape the Syrian war. Without legal status, he is unable to get a visa to go to Europe, where his beloved Abeer lives. While in Beirut, he meets Jeffrey Godefroi, a famous American artist with whom he concludes a strange deal that will forever change his life.


The the Best Arab Documentary Award went to  the cinematographic work "Their Algeria" by Lina Soualem won, as well as a cash prize of $10,000.  The documentary reveals the silent memory of an entire generation of Algerians in France. Through the film, Lina sheds light on the story of her grandparents’ separation, which is the main driver of the story.


Moroccan director and screenwriter El Hady Ould Mohand won the Grand Prize for the El Gouna Film Festival, which is being held on the sidelines of the fourth edition of the El Gouna Film Festival, for his feature-length fictional project “Life suits me well.”


The Palestinian artist, Ali Suleiman, won the El Gouna Star Award for Best Actor, on Friday evening, at the end of the fourth session of the El Gouna Film Festival.Soliman won the award presented by the Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby, for his role in the movie “200 Meters”.


Ali Suleiman did not attend the festival’s closing ceremony, and the producer, Mai Odeh, and director Amin Nayfa received the award on his behalf.


It is noteworthy that the film “200 meters” by Amin Nayfeh won the “Cinema for Humanity” award at the fourth edition of the El Gouna Film Festival.


The Bosnian film “Where Do You Take Me, Aida” won the Best Feature Film Award from the El Gouna Film Festival, and a prize of 50 thousand dollars.