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The Cairo International Film Festival came to an end on 30 November and simultaneously unveiled the list of winning titles at its 39th edition.

In the Official Competition, European films managed to get their hands on two of the three top prizes. The Intruder by Italian director Leonardo Di Costanzo won the Golden Pyramid for Best Film, presented to the producer, while the Bronze Pyramid for Best First or Second Work by a Director went to Juraj Lehotský’s Nina. Los perros, a co-production between Chile, France, Portugal and Argentina directed by Marcela Said, was awarded with the Naguib Mahfouz Prize for Best Screenplay. Disappearance by Boudewijn Koole scooped the Prize for Best Artistic Contribution, and the Estonian title Roof Knocking by Sina Salimi earned itself the Youssef Chahine Prize for Best Short Film.

Diamond Abou Abboud, who starred in Insyriated by Philippe Van Leeuw, a French-Belgian-Lebanese production, was given the Prize for Best Actress. Rouf Ben Amor was crowned Best Actor thanks to his performance in Tunis by Night by Elyes Baccar, a co-production between France and Tunisia. Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir’s The Swan also tasted victory, pocketing the Shadi Abdel Salam Prize for Best Film.

As for the Horizons for New Arab Cinema prizes, Raed Andoni’s Ghost Hunting received the Saad Eldin Wahba Prize for Best Arab Film for “its excellent dramatic adaptation, introducing an outside-the-box way of telling the story, and giving the chance for the viewer to interact with the story, rather than directly telling the story to the viewer”, and A Certain Nasser by Badih Massaad and Antoine Waked took home the Salah Abu Seif Prize.

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