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Helmer Osama Fawzi’s controversial religious satire “Bahib el cima” (I Love Cinema) grabbed the top prizes at Egypt’s National Film Festival awards held Friday.

Pic, Egypt’s entry for Oscar’s foreign-language film category, snagged film, director, actress (Laila Olwi) and actor (Mahmoud Hemeida).

Some 18 features, docs and shorts competed for about $100,000 worth of prizes.

Thesp Ahmed Zaki, who died last month cancer, received a lifetime achievement award along with director Mohamed Radi, cinematographer Said El-Shimi and film critic Samir Farid.

Zaki was halfway through the biopic of singer Halim, which reportedly will not be completed.

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