Red Sea Film Festival, Tornatore awards Rashid’s “Europa”
Italo-Iraqi director Haider
Rashid has won yet another important recognition for his film Europa.
Giuseppe Tornatore, jury president of the Red Sea International Film
Festival, bestowed the film the awards for Best Director and Best Actor.
The film will “indirectly” represent Italy at the Oscar because, as an Italo-Iraqi
production, is Iraq’s candidate in the Best International Film category.
Europa had its world premiere in Cannes at the Quinzaine
Des Réalisateurs where it won the Beatrice Sartori International Film Critics’
Award. It was released in Italy by I Wonder Pictures and Unipol Biografilm
Haider Rashid was born in Florence
in 1985 by an Iraqi father and Italian mother. The film tells the story of Kamal
who has fled Iraq to try to enter "Fortress Europe". At the
Turkish-Bulgarian border, local mercenaries are ruthlessly hunting down
migrants. Alone in the forest, Kamal has three days to escape. This story seems
to anticipate the dramatic events at the border between Poland and Belarus
The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino is among the nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film at this year’s Golden Globes. The announcement was made in Los Angeles by the Helen Hoehne, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The six nominated films are: Land of the Sons by Claudio Cupellini, A Classic Horror Story by Roberto De Feo and Paolo Strippoli, Caliber 9 by Toni D’Angelo, An Uncertain Border by Isabella Sandri, #stayhome by Roan Johnson, My Body Will Bury You by Giovanni La Pàrola.
The Italian film journalists also crowned 1968 The Braibanti Trial, Punta Sacra and SanPa: Sins of the Saviour as its best documentaries of the year
On September 25th, Sophia Loren will receive the inaugural “Visionary Award” from the new Academy Museum, honoring “an artist or scholar whose extensive body of work has advanced the art of cinema.”