This is the first time an Egyptian film has won the Palme d'or for Short Films at the Festival de Cannes.
Egyptian film I Am Afraid To Forget Your Face, directed by Egyptian filmmaker Sameh Alaa, was named the unanimous winner of the Palme d’or at the special edition of Cannes film festival.
In the wake of a new generation of compelling young Egyptian filmmakers featuring in the Official Selection in recent years, this is the first time an Egyptian film has won the Palme d’or for Short Films at the Festival de Cannes.
The Short Film jury was made up of Damien Bonnard, Rachid Bouchareb, Claire Burger, Charles Gillibert, Dea Kulumbegashvili and Céline Sallette.
Meanwhile, the film Souad by Egyptian director Ayten Amin was also chosen for the Official Selection 2020.
The Festival de Cannes was the first film festival to be impacted by the pandemic last spring. The “Cannes 2020 Special” held for Cannes general public took place from October 27 to 29 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
The 74th edition of the film festival will take place from May 11 to 22 next year.