IVORY COAST / North Africa wins 3 awards at Trophées Francophones

On December 5th the Palace of Culture in Abidjan hosted the 3rd Francophone Film Award ceremony, rewarding the best films from the 80 member countries of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
North African countries took three awards, including Best Drama Film for Abderrahmane Sissako‘s Franco-Mauritanian production “Timbuktu”. Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania won the Best Director Award for “Le Challat de Tunis” a true-false story about “the Tunis slasher”, which had already won awards at Namur, Brussels, Algiers and Rome, among others. Finally, Algerian actor Khaled Benaissa was honoured as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a corrupt politician in Lyes Salem’s “L’Oranais”.
In a list of awards heavily tilted in favour of sub-Saharan cinema, the Best Documentary Award went to Julie Bertuccelli‘s French film “La Cour de Babel, about a class of newly arrived immigrants in Paris.
Sources : Satellifax, Le Blog TV News

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