“Ali Zaoua” Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar
After winning the Grand-Prix of the Moroccan National Cinema Festival, the feature-film Ali Zaoua of Nabil Ayouch is nominated for the best foreign film Oscar.
The film also won the dialogue and scenario prizes of this 6th cinema festival held in Marrakesh January 28 through February 3 as well as the jury's special prize.
The movie, which deals with street children in Morocco and stars real homeless children won the ecumenical Prize at Montreal's World Cinema Festival last September for its "artistic qualities and contribution to human progress and in recognition of its spiritual, social and ethical values."
Last November, the film also won the Grand-Prix for best film at the international Stockholm festival and the Grand-Prix of the 49th international Mannheim-Heidelberg festival.
The film will be featured at the 17th Pan-African cinema and TV festival "FESPACO" scheduled for February 24 through March 3 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Mostapha Derkaoui was awarded the best director prize for "Les Amours de Haj Mokhtar Soldi" film, which also won the image prize.
The prize for the best actor went to Bachir Skirej and the prize for the best actress to Amina Rachid.
The prize rewarding the most outstanding first work went to Ahmed Boulam for "Ali, Rabea et les Autres."—Albawaba.com
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