Algerian films “Now they can come” by Salem Brahimi and “Babor Casanova” by Karim Sayad won laurels at the 11th International Festival of Oriental Film in Geneva (FIFOG) that ended Saturday night, we gathered from the organizers.
Competing in the “Short Film Swiss Made” fictional documentary “Babor Casanova” was crowned with the “Golden FIFOG” Award , the highest award in the category.
The jury justified its choice by “the freedom” tone of the film, “delivered in a cinematic language that combines accuracy with fiction and documentary.”
Released in 2015, “Babor Casanova”, recounts the story of two young fans of a sport club. They go to the stadium to support their favorite team.
An Algerian-Swiss co-production, the film has participated in several film festivals including Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) held the same year. It has recently been awarded at the 38th International Festival of Short Film of Clermont Ferrand (France).
The long feature film “Now they can come” received the “special mention” of the jury, while “Sivas” (Turkey) won the gold FIFOG of the official competition.
“Now they can come,” a feature film adapted from the eponymous novel by Arezki Amellal (also co-writer of the film) refers to the “black decade” through the story of Noureddine- forced by his mother to marry Yasmina- which is struggling to exist and live in a society plagued by violence and fundamentalism in the 1990s.
“Madame Courage” by Merzak Allouache and “Belkacem Hadjadj” by Fadhma N’Soumer took part in the official competition of FIFOG alongside other films including “Kousayla” (2015) by Tahar Houchi, screened in an off-event of the competition.
Honorarily chaired by Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi, the 11th FIFOG was dedicated to the memory of the Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who died in 2015.
Founded in 2006, the festival is a showcase cinema of the East through screenings in addition to meetings, workshops, debates and conferences related to the seventh art.