MENA / Winners of the 19th FIFOG


The 19th International Oriental Film Festival (FIFOG) was held in Geneva from June 10th to 16th. There were 45 films, 16 directed by women, presented in four competitive categories.

In the feature film category the jury awarded FIFOG Gold to Tunisian director Nada Mezni Hafaiedh. Her film, Take My Breath, is about a 23 year-old seamstress, Shams, who lives with her mother and disabled sister on an isolated island and in a hostile social environment. The young woman, seemingly calm and quite discreet, carries within herself a heavy secret which she does not dare admit to anyone – and when she does, her life is turned upside down.

The Silver FIFOG was awarded to Kurdish director Kazim Öz for his film The Life of a Snowflake.

In the Short Film category Dahlia Nemlich’s Franco-Lebanese co-production Somewhere in Between won the FIFOG Gold while in the School Competition the jury of around a hundred pupils from the Cayla Cycle d’orientation and the Lissignol integration class presented their award to Iraqi director Jahfar Muataz for his film Torn.

Find all the winners on the festival web-site.

Sources: FIFOG, Cinema Tunisien

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