Yusra, Ahmed Zaki Win Egyptian Oscar Awards
The Egyptian Film Oscar Festival jury announced its prizes during the closing ceremony held by the Cinema Art Association Saturday in the absence of Yusra and Ahmed Zaki who won the prizes for best actress and actor, according to the daily al Ahram.
Yusra won the prize as best actress for her role in the film al A’sefah (Thunderstorm) directed by Khaled Yousef but she did not attend the ceremony because she was busy with the play Lamma Baba Yanam (When Dad Sleeps).
Madiha Yusri, the jury head handed out the prize at a meeting at her residence to Yusra Sunday in presence of Mahmoud Yasin, jury member, and Abdel Mine’m Saad, festival and association head.
At the same meeting, actor Ahmed Zaki received the prize as best actor for his role in the film Ayyam al Sadat (Sadat Days), but he could not attend the ceremony because he was incapacitated by cold.
Azzah Shalabi won the prize for best script Asrar al Banat (Girls’ Secrets).
11 out of 32 Egyptian films screened during the year 2001, competed in the festival, including: Ula Thanawi (First Secondary) directed by Mohammed Abu Seif, Asrar al Banat (Girls Secrets) by Magdi Ahmed Ali, al Abwab al Moghlaqa (Closed Doors) by Atef Hatata, Ayyam al Sadat (Sadat Days) by Mohammed Khan, Sukout Hansawar (Quiet, We Will Shoot) by Yousef Shahin, Gawaz Bi Qarar Gomhuri (Marriage by Presidential Decree) by Khaled Yousef and Muwaten Mukhber Wa Harami (Citizen, Detective and Thief) by Daoud Abdel al Sayyed, al Asifah (Thunderstorm) by Khaled Yousef, Africano by Amr Arafa and Rehlet Hobb (Love Journey) by Mohammed al Naggar.
At the closing ceremony, the festival honored director Hussein Kamal who is the head of the jury, along with Magida and Yousef Shaaban.
The event was headed by Mahmoud Abdel Samia, the head of the society, and managed by the critic Yaaqub Wahbi – Albawaba.com