Friday night’s closing festivities of the 31st Cairo Film Festival saw Florent-Emilio Siri’s Toronto-preemed antiwar pic “Intimate Enemies” take home awards for director and the Golden Pyramid for international feature.
Tributes to Quincy Jones and Nicolas Roeg were interspersed with the usual prize giving.
“Intimate Enemies” star Albert Dupontel drew the actor prize, while actress kudos were split between Tatyana Lyutayeva (Russia”s “Full Scope”) and Marina Magro Soto (Mexico”s “Opera”). Pakistan”s “In the Name of God,” helmed by Shoaib Mansoor, nabbed the Silver Pyramid, and Dutchman Albert Ter Heerdt took the screenwriting nod for “Kicks.”
Young helmer Juan Patricio Riveroll received the first-time director nod for “Opera” from a visibly appreciative and complimentary jury prexy Roeg, while artistic contribution kudos went to Turkey”s “Waiting for Heaven.” In a special mention, the jury singled out Matthew Beard as best newcomer for his performance in “And When Did You Last See Your Father?”
The prize for Arab feature, which comes with 150,000 Egyptian pounds ($27,550), went to Morocco”s “Waiting for Pasolini,” directed by Daoud Alouad-Syad. The Digital Feature Jury, including Tribeca Film Festival artistic director Peter Scarlet and upcoming thesp Andrew Shim, awarded its top honor to China”s “Little Moth,” directed by Peng Tao and preemed in Vancouver. Ian Sellar”s “The Englishman” received the silver digital award, while Fipresci honored “Opera.”
Sidebars included salutes to contempo British, Turkish and Romanian cinema; a tribute to 100 years of the Egyptian film industry received little push and less attention. Matt Dillon and Harvey Keitel were on hand for press conferences, though both found themselves at the sharp end of some nasty pieces in Cairo”s English-language Daily News, with apparent anti-Semitic swipes against Keitel leaving many guests with a bad taste in their mouths.