Two Egyptian films won top awards at the 5th edition of the Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon. The first film, ‘Photocopy’, directed by Tamer El-Ashry, won the Best Feature Narrative Award while the other, ‘I Have a Picture: Film No 1001 In The Life of the Oldest Movie Extra In The World’, directed by Mohamed Zedan won the Best Documentary Award.
Photocopy focuses on a retired man in Cairo who begins to learn about the extinction of dinosaurs. This sets off a series of events that will give his life renewed meaning. I Have A Picture is a tribute to an actor who appeared in over 100 Egyptian films and TV series between the 1940s and 2010, but also serves as a survey of Egyptian cinema history.
Both films premiered last September at the maiden edition of the El-Gouna Film Festival and also both won their first awards; Photocopy won the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature Narrative, while I Have a Picture won the El-Gouna Star for Best Arabic Documentary.
This edition of The Tripoli Film Festival, held between 19th and 26th of April and closed with a ceremony on the 27th at Beit El-Fann (Al-Azm Cultural Centre), honoured Lebanese filmmaker Randa Chahal.