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.