After a previous edition placed under the sign of distanciel due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mediterranean Film Festival of Tetouan made a strong comeback with a high-level program and a jury made up of the Ivorian director Jacques Trabi, president feature film jury, writer Amal El Gamal, president of the critics jury and director Marion Stalens, president of the documentary film jury.
And the winners are…
In competition for fiction feature films, the Tetouan Grand Prize, Tamouda, was awarded to small body, directed by Italian Laura Samani and co-produced by France, Italy and Slovenia. Double consecration for this first feature film, small body also received the Mustapha Mesnaoui Critics’ Prize. A more than deserved prize according to Mohamed El Baz, member of the jury who is full of praise for this film directed by a young director of thirty. “It’s a sublime film, a plastically magnificent fairy tale that tells the story of Agata, a very religious young woman who gives birth, in Italy at the end of the 19th century.e century, of a stillborn baby, condemned to wander in limbo. She undertakes a long journey through Italy, in the mountains, to find a place she has heard of, where infants can be brought back to life and finally, be baptized and thus see their souls saved”, summarizes Mohamed El Baz for Le360.
The Mohamed Reggab prize, special jury prize, was awarded to Huda’s living roomsigned by the Palestinian Hany Abu-Assad and co-produced by Palestine, Egypt, the Netherlands and Qatar.
The film Gadehaby Tunisian Anis Lassoued was awarded the Azzedine Meddour prize for first work.
As for the interpretation prizes, that of the female interpretation goes to Louna Chitu for her role in the film bluemoon by Alina Grigore, while the Best Actor Award was given to Achraf Barhoum for his role in the film Algharib.
As for documentaries, the grand prize of the city of Tetouan went to The Postcard by Asmae El Moudir, produced by Morocco and Qatar in 2021.
The prize for the first work was awarded to Summer Packby Moroccan Bellal Salem and the special jury prize to Weby Frenchwoman Alice Diop.
An eclectic program
This year, twelve feature films, all unreleased films produced in 2021, were in competition and competed in front of the fiction feature film jury and the critics’ jury, named after the Moroccan writer and film critic, the late Mustafa Mesnaoui.
Among these, Abu Seddam by Egyptian director Nadine Khan, Algharib by Syrian Ameer Fakher Eddin, Destello Bravio by Spanish director Ainhoa Rodriguez, Keer by the Turkish director Tayfun Pirselimoilu, The sea in front Lebanese Ely Dagher, Habiba by Moroccan director Hassan Benjelloun, The world after us Frenchman Louda Ben Salah Cazanas, Blue Moon by Romanian director Alina Grigore, Gadehaa second life of the Tunisian Anis Lassoued, small body by the Italian Laura Samani, Houda Lounge of the Egyptian Hany Abu-Assad and Vera dreams of the sea by Kosovar director Kaltrina Krasniqi.
At the same time, the documentary competition displayed in its programming The measure of things Belgian Patrick Jean, Beirut, Eye of the Storm of the Palestinian Mai Masri, Seis dias corrientes from the Spanish Neus Ballus, He isco-directed by Karine de Villers (director of Ecuadorian origin) and Mario Brenta from Italy, Captain’s of Za’atari by the Egyptian Ali El Arabi, Postcard by Moroccan Asmae El Moudir, summer package Moroccan Ballal Salem and We by the French director of Senegalese origin Alice Diop.
Out of competition, and in the favorite section, six films were presented on the program: Autumn of apple trees Moroccan Mohamed Moftaker, Mediterranean by the Spaniard Marcel Barrena, Costa Brava Lebanon of the Lebanese Mounia Aki, A bookstore in Paris by the Italian Sergio Castellito, Zanka contact Moroccan Ismaël El Iraki and 4 seasons (4 short films) by Moroccan Imad Badi.
Finally, still out of competition, in the carte blanche section and in collaboration with FIPRESCI (International Federation of Cinematographic Press), four new Mediterranean films, recently produced, were presented to the public: 200 meters (produced in 2020) by Palestinian Ameen Nayfek, His Brother’s Keeper by Turkish Ferit Karahan, feathers by the Egyptian Omar Zohairy and Re Grancho Italians Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zopis.